TN 2 (10-97)

GN 01719.210 Developing Evidence in Claims for U.K. Benefits

A. Introduction

The following subsections show the types of evidence that may be used to support claims for U.K. benefits.

B. Policy - General

Under the agreement with the United Kingdom, SSA will take applications for both regular and Totalization benefits on behalf of the United Kingdom and provide limited assistance in obtaining evidence needed to support the claim.

C. Policy - Using U.S. evidence

Evidence which is used to establish a factor of entitlement for U.S. Social Security benefits may also be used by the United Kingdom to establish the same factor for U.K. benefits. Consequently, it is unnecessary for the applicant to submit additional evidence to document a factor of entitlement for U.K. benefits when that factor has already been verified for SSA purposes.

D. Policy - Entitlement factors

The following indicates what factors of entitlement must be established in claims for U.K. benefits.

1. Retirement

The entitlement factors which must be established for U.K. retirement claims are:

  • age of worker

  • age of wife and marriage, if wife's benefit or supplement claimed

  • age of divorced spouse and divorce, if divorced spouse's benefit claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if child's supplement claimed

2. Survivors

The entitlement factors which must be established for U.K. survivors claims are:

  • death of worker

  • age of claimant

  • marriage, if widow's/widower's benefits claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if child's supplement claimed

3. Disability

The entitlement factors which must be established for U.K. disability claims are:

  • age of worker

  • degree of disability (medical evidence)

  • marriage, if wife's supplement claimed

  • divorce, if divorced wife's benefit claimed

  • age and relationship of child, if child's supplement claimed

E. Procedure - General

Take the following actions when developing evidence to support claims for U.K. benefits.

1. Accepting Evidence

Accept any evidence the applicant wishes to submit. If the applicant does not want to release an original document, photocopy the evidence and certify the copy.

CAUTION: Do not hold claims for U.K. benefits for prolonged periods pending receipt of evidence. If an applicant is unable to obtain needed evidence within a reasonable time, transmit the claim to OIO without the evidence. Advise the applicant that the responsible U.K. agency will contact him or her directly to obtain any evidence it needs.

2. Types of Evidence

If the applicant requests guidance on the type of evidence to submit, see:

3. Document the File

Document the file to show when a factor of entitlement for a U.K. benefit has already been verified for a U.S. claim.

a. Concurrent Title II claim

Send a photocopy of the relevant evidence with the U.K. claim to OIO if the concurrent title II claim will be sent to a PSC other than OIO.

b. Prior Title II claim

Include an MBR printout in the claims file sent to OIO to show which factors, other than disability, have been verified in a prior file.

4. Obtain Record of NH's U.S. Coverage

  • Obtain a record of the NH's U.S. coverage in all claims for U.K. benefits.

    When a claimant files for U.K. benefits only , which is a complex MCS exclusion, request an “ST” (Scout E/R) type of action in the AX field on the RSDI NH DATA input screen. Enter “TB” in the FAC column and “UKING” in the AMT column on the Benefit Continuity Factors screen.

  • If claimant alleges that the NH has less than 15 years of coverage under the U.K. system, obtain evidence of lag earnings through the quarter of attainment of age 65 if the NH is a man or the quarter of attainment of age 60 if