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Spreading an important message to British people living in Spain who are aged over 80 and receiving a UK state pension.

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July 08, 2024

His Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain has sent out a letter to ask for help in spreading an important message to British people living in Spain who are aged over 80 and receiving a UK state pension.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sent out a letter on 7th January to check that over-80s of any nationality who are drawing a state pension in Spain are still eligible. They are called ‘life certificates’, and they require the recipient to complete a form and have a witness sign it before returning it in the post. Full instructions are provided in the letter. This is a routine process, with certificates sent by DWP on a regular cycle to specific groups drawing a UK state pension.

To date, the number of life certificates returned to the DWP from Spain is lower than expected. The DWP have therefore extended the deadline to 31st July to give over-80s more time to complete the process.

It’s really important that all British state pensioners over the age of 80 complete this process as soon as possible. Failure to do so could lead to the suspension of pension payments by DWP (although these can be reinstated at any point if eligibility is subsequently proven).

If any state pensioners over-80 have not received a letter or has changed their address without notifying DWP, they can request a new one here:

https://www.gov.uk/international-pension-centre     

As for state pensioners under-80, there is no action currently required but they will be receiving a letter towards the end of the year. We therefore recommend that all state pensioners check their address registered with DWP is correct if they have recently moved house. They can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/international-pension-centre .

Please see a copy of the full letter below.

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