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Press comment: Uprating frozen state pension costs could be hard to stomach


If you’re covering updated estimates on the cost of uprating frozen state pensions released by the Department for Work and Pensions please see the following comment from Jon Greer, head of retirement policy at Quilter.

Jon Greer“At the end of last year there were renewed campaigns for the government to end a policy that means half a million ex-pats get thousands less per year in state pension payments because of where they live. The DWP has now updated their estimates of the cost of uprating and found that bill would be around £3.1billion over the next five tax years.

“Currently the majority of pensioners living in the UK have their state pension increased according to the triple-lock principle, by a minimum of 2.5 per cent, the rate of inflation, or average earnings growth, whichever is the highest. This also applies  to ex-pat pensioners living in certain countries, such as the US, all European Union countries, Barbados, Bermuda and Israel. However, this does not apply for pensioners living in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa do not.

“The update is a useful exercise as there had been disagreements over how much such a policy change will cost. Changing the 70 year old rules on ex-pat pensions could be seen as an opportunity to win favour with parts of the public, but with the state pension already eating away at an astronomical amount of the budget, it might be hard one for the Chancellor to stomach.”

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Notes to Editors:

About Quilter plc:

Quilter plc is a leading wealth management business in the UK and internationally, helping to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow.

Quilter plc oversees £95.3 billion in customer investments (as at 31 March 2020).

It has an adviser and customer offering spanning: financial advice; investment platforms; multi-asset investment solutions; and discretionary fund management.

The business is comprised of two segments: Advice and Wealth Management and Wealth Platforms.

Advice and Wealth Management encompasses the financial advice business, Quilter Financial Planning; the discretionary fund management business, Quilter Cheviot; and Quilter Investors, the Multi-asset investment solutions business.

Wealth Platforms includes Old Mutual Wealth UK platform and Quilter International, including AAM Advisory in Singapore.

The Old Mutual Wealth Heritage life assurance business was acquired by ReAssure Group Plc on 2 January 2020.

Since its IPO in June 2018, Quilter plc’s businesses have progressively rebranded to Quilter, as follows: 

  • Quilter Financial Planning (previously Intrinsic)
  • Quilter Private Client Advisers (previously Old Mutual Wealth Private Client Advisers)
  • Quilter Financial Advisers (previously Charles Derby Group)
  • Quilter Financial Adviser School
  • Quilter Cheviot
  • Quilter Investors
  • Old Mutual Wealth (becoming Quilter Investment Platform in 2020)
  • Quilter International (previously Old Mutual International)

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