The UK and Russia have signed a social security agreement that ensures the continuation of social security benefits for individuals who have worked in both countries. This agreement is important for those who have contributed to the social security systems of both the UK and Russia, allowing them to receive their social security benefits without any interruption.
The agreement was signed on 17 February 2021 and is set to come into force on 1 January 2022. It covers the following social security benefits:
– State Pension
– Bereavement benefits
– Maternity and paternity benefits
– Industrial injuries benefits
– Sickness and disability benefits
Under the agreement, individuals who have worked in both the UK and Russia may be eligible for social security benefits based on their total contributions to the social security systems of both countries. This means that individuals can receive benefits from both countries, subject to certain conditions.
For example, to be eligible for the State Pension in the UK, an individual must have contributed a certain number of qualifying years to the UK social security system. If they have also contributed to the Russian social security system, these contributions can be taken into account when determining their eligibility for the State Pension in the UK.
Similarly, if an individual is eligible for a disability benefit in Russia and moves to the UK, they may be able to continue receiving this benefit. However, they must meet the eligibility criteria for disability benefits in the UK.
The social security agreement between the UK and Russia is an important development for those who have worked in both countries. It ensures that they can receive their social security benefits without any interruption, and that their contributions to both systems are recognized.
For those who are currently living and working in Russia or the UK, it is important to check whether they are eligible for any social security benefits and to ensure that they have made the necessary contributions to both systems.
Overall, this social security agreement between the UK and Russia is a positive development for those who have worked in both countries, providing greater certainty and protection for their social security benefits.