does anyone know how long you can be out of UK before your benefits are affected?
Ive read 13 weeks?
I'm a Disabled British citizen, some UK people Ive spoken to here in Thailand have been here a lot longer they are in the same boat as me
can any one answer please
If you are on Pension Credit it is only one month I believe.( George Osborne Nov 2015 budget I think)
Can I apply for Pension
Credit if I have come from abroad?
When you apply, you must be living in Great Britain. You must not be ‘subject to
immigration control’; this means that there must be no restrictions which would
stop you receiving financial help from the State. You will also need to satisfy the
Habitual Residence Test. There are some exceptions to these rules.
If there’s anything you’re not sure about, please ask us.
Can I go abroad and keep getting Pension Credit?
pay Pension Credit for up to
4 weeks while you’re temporarily abroad
we may pay for up to 8 weeks if the absence is in connection with a death. If the
absence is solely in connection with
medical treatment or medically approved
may pay Pension Credit
for up to 26
But you should tell us if you go abroad for any reason at all. This includes if you go
to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Island
Last edited by tudorowen1; 28th Jan 2018 at 18:59.
I was told by up to date rulings its 12 weeks, 2018 rules
That's a really unfair regulation. People on a normal state pension are not subjected to the same rules - why should someone on pension credit be treated differently? Your retired for god's sake!!!
Quite right – why should someone on minimum wage subsidise the life style of someone who chooses to live abroad.
aka Spud / aka MF
Well if the government decides a British citizen/ pensioner needs x amount pounds to live you should get that.
What difference does it make to the government? If someone on pension credit doesn't move abroad, they get the credit so its going to cost the government anyway. A friend of mine is about to retire and has been told he won't get anything like a full pension but will receive top ups under the pension credit scheme. His daughter lives in France and he planned to go to live with her to spend time with his grandkids. I haven't discussed this with him yet but I wonder if he's aware of this. In his case, if he's prevented from living with his daughter because of this regulation it will actually cost the country money. He got into difficulties around 10 years ago when his wife died and he could no longer pay the mortgage on one wage. He therefore sold the house and now lives in rented accommodation. So along with the pension credit, he will be entitled to housing benefit - something he clearly wouldn't be claiming if he lived with his daughter in France.
I would also take a guess that a good proportion of those who will be caught by this regulation will be in similar circumstances so instead of saving money by not paying benefits to those awful poor people who want to go live with family abroad - the UK will pay them even more money to stay here.
This is just another example of policies that impact on the poor far more than they do on the rich.
Flip, there is no point arguing the rights or wrongs of this. PC is a means tested benefit and the Government has decided it is only available for those living in the UK, to assist in meeting living needs only whilst in the UK.
I haven't read if any future Corbyn Govt. (getting unlikelier by the minute) has proposed to overturn this rule? But generally such rules are not overturned.
Actually, I can't find any reference to Pension Credit in the link Paul provided above.