Changes to housing benefit and pension credit while abroad

Content owner : housing@knh.org.uk Last updated : 08/12/16

What is the change?

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 Pension Credit Extra Information Factsheet for further details. This is available here: Pension Credit Extra Information Factsheet
If you think you will be affected, please contact the Department for Work & Pensions - GOV.UK