Maud wrote:...There was an interesting 'correction' made Radio 4's PM Programme yesterday. They said that a while ago they had reported that when the UK leaves the EU, pensioners living abroad would continue to be able to have their pensions paid abroad as usual. The comment yesterday said that they had made a mistake is stating that, and that of course nothing was certain until matters had been negotiated between the EU and the UK. - So much uncertainty for everyone just now!...
This issue is a lot more nuanced than they suggest. UK State Pensioners live all over the world and have their pensions paid so there is no reason why UK pensioners living in the EU shouldn't be paid when the UK leaves. The question is what is meant by the conditional phrase, "as usual"? UK pensioners living in the EU and in some other countries get their State Pension incremented every year in exactly the same way as those living in the UK. Many living in other countries do not. If "as usual" means that they will receive their pension by whatever payment means they receive it now, I don't see any reason at all why that should change. If, however, "as usual" means including annual increments then that is indeed uncertain.
It is worth noting that whether to maintain the increments or not is totally in the control of the UK government and does not depend on the negotiation with the EU. They are UK citizens paid a UK pension by the UK government based on their UK National Insurance contributions when they worked in the UK. What the EU decides to do about its retired citizens living in the UK has no effect on what is paid to UK citizens living in the EU. Unlike the case of the right of residency, where there is a question of leverage, i.e. we'll let yours stay if you let ours stay, that does not apply to the pension issue. If it wished the UK government could state immediately that it will maintain the increments and resolve the uncertainty, which begs the question, "Why aren't they doing so?" I suspect because they will use any excuse to stop the increments but I would be delighted to be proved wrong.