(c) `competent authority` means the authority responsible for social security schemes in all or part of the territory of each Party; in other words, as regards the United Kingdom, the Secretary of State for Social Services, the Department of Health and Social Security Services for Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man, as the case may be, and, in the case of Mauritius, the Minister for Social Security; 2. The Social Security Act 1975 is amended to the extent necessary to give effect to the provisions of the Social Security Convention set out in Annex 1 to this Regulation (the Convention is subject to the Agreement set out in the notes to Annex 2 to this Regulation). In this case, the same question concerns England, Wales and Scotland. Your entitlement to benefits abroad depends on where you live. You may still be able to receive or claim a benefit if you go to a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or a country that has a social security agreement with the United Kingdom. This Regulation provides for the amendment of the Social Security Act 1975 and the part of the Child Benefit Act 1975, which relates to family allowances, in order to give effect to the Convention on Social Security (Annex 1) between the Governments of the United Kingdom and Mauritius, as amended by the notes exchanged on behalf of those Governments (in Annex 2); the Convention shall apply provisionally from 1 November 1981 until its entry into force after ratification. The Convention deals with reciprocity as regards contributions, old-age pensions, widow`s benefits, benefits in the event of an accident at work, orphans` benefits and family allowances. Migrants posted to Britain on behalf of a country with which the UK has a bilateral social security agreement may not be required to pay social security contributions (NICs) in accordance with the terms of the agreement. We explain below.
If you retire abroad, you can continue to receive your UK public pension. You can benefit from an annual pension increase if you live in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or in a country that has a social security agreement with the United Kingdom. There is a list of countries with which the UK has social security agreements on GOV.UK. You can contact the International Pension Centre for further information about the position when you go to such a country. The United Kingdom has concluded agreements on national insurance and entitlements to benefits with the following third countries: This publication is available under www.gov.uk/government/publications/reciprocal-agreements/reciprocal-agreements All these agreements are based on the concept of shared responsibility. . . .