Expat retirees to face curbs

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THE PENSIONS shake-up in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech will include a measure to curb payments for spouses of Britons living abroad.

The government plans to end the practice of husbands and wives being able to claim each other’s pensions, and will instead base state payouts on each individual’s national insurance contributions.

Pensions minister said Steve Webb claimed the UK pays pensions to 220,000 people living abroad, many of whom have “not even visited the country” but became eligible for the payouts by marrying a citizen.