UK Pensioners in Thailand

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UK Pensioners in Thailand

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I read an article in the Express about over 80s pension from the UK. It is aimed for over 80s UK pensioners who do not receive a pension or their pension is under around £80 per week, some people never paid NI contributions for years and are not entitled to much of a state pension. This one is quite interesting. It is interesting because "ordinary resident" means you only have to be resident in the UK for the "time being". One needs to read up on this meaning but it would help pensioners in Thailand if they go to and fro UK and Thailand and are on limited monies, assuming one can travel at 80 of course. The criteria is:

"You cannot get the over 80 pension if you reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.

You can claim the over 80 pension if all of the following apply:

- you’re 80 or over
- you do not get basic State Pension or your basic State Pension is less than £80.45 a week in 2020 to 2021
- you were resident in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 10 years out of 20 (this does not have to be 10 years in a row) - this 20 year period must - include the day before you turned 80 or any day after
- you were ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland on your 80th birthday or the date you made the claim for this pension, if later
Your eligibility for the over 80 pension is not based on National Insurance contributions.

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