Planning on going abroad?

26 July 2016

If you're claiming benefits, don’t forget to let your local benefits office know if you'll be out of the country.

It’s really important they know, even if it’s only for a short time. If you don’t tell them, it might even be considered benefit fraud.

Anywhere outside Great Britain counts as abroad, including Northern Ireland.

Going away for longer than four weeks?

From 28 July, if you go abroad for more than four weeks, you won’t be entitled to Housing Benefit. So you should tell your benefits office when you’re leaving and when you plan to return.

For more information

Find out more about how this could affect you or speak to your local authorities’ benefits department.