I am retired. I lived for about 20 years in a European country, and receive a small state pension from that country.
However,that county needs annual proof from a UK authority that I am still alive and still married in order for me to continue receiving this pension.
The only authority I can think of is "Births Deaths and Marriages".
Would I be correct, or has anyone any different solutions.
Notary Publics charge a lot for a little. You should ask the pension provider to inform you which authority in your area is acceptable to them. My father in law has to show his face at the Goethe-Institut in Manchester once a year in order to continue receiving his German Army pension.
I wouldn't hold out much hope with DWP. When I turned 65 they said they had no record that I was Married, even though in the early days we had Married persons Tax allowance before it was abolished, and also Child tax allowance.
I had to take our marriage certificate into a Job Centre to prove that we had in fact been married for 35 years at the time. All they did was take a photocopy of the certificate and letter. It made a big difference to the amount of Pension I was entitled to claim.
I have to do the same as I have a small Dutch OAP. They send a form and I go to the local council office, ask for the electoral roll section, who put their stamp on the form confirmimg my wife and I are alive and kicking - free, no problem.
Your next of kin will have the job of notifying all the necessary authorities when you peg out too. So make sure you leave details of these things handy for them to do so. It may save them problems later on.