Important information Do you receive Housing Benefit?
Did you know….. From 28 July 2016 Housing Benefit rules changed in relation to the amount of time you can spend abroad, whilst still receiving your Housing Benefit payments.
These changes affect those of working age and Pension Credit age. The amount of time you can spend abroad is limited to four weeks.
The new rule defines going abroad, as going away from Great Britain, not the UK. So if you go to Northern Ireland you will be considered as going abroad. Housing Benefit will only be payable whilst you are abroad if you intend to return within four weeks.
If you are going to be absent from your home you must inform the Housing Benefit Department of the change to your circumstances. Please see examples below:
Example One – absence outside Great Britain expected to be four weeks or less
You report a change in circumstances that you will be absent from your home and out of Great Britain from 25 October 2016 for a period of two weeks as you are going on holiday.
Housing Benefit can continue to be paid for the entire period of the absence because it does not exceed four weeks.
Example Two – absence outside Great Britain expected to be more than four weeks
You report a change of circumstances that you will be absent from your home and outside Great Britain for six weeks from 2 September 2016 as you are visiting family.
As the absence will exceed four weeks your Housing Benefit stops from the date you depart Great Britain.
REMEMBER - It is your responsibility to tell Housing Benefit when you are on holiday abroad. Failure to do so could mean that your Housing Benefit is stopped.
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