Changes to housing benefit & pension credit while abroad

Release Date: 24-Aug-2016
Changes to the rules for temporary absences outside Great Britain came into force on 28 July 2016

The length of time you can receive housing benefit and pension credit while absent from home whilst abroad has been reduced to four weeks, as long as you

• Intend to return home
• Do not sublet the property while you’re away
• Do not intend to be away for longer than four weeks

There are some exceptions to this rule – please see the link on the right for details.

If you think you will be affected, please contact the Department for Work & Pensions