Temporary Absence from Home

Temporary Absence from Home

Housing Benefit may still be payable in respect of your home during a period of temporary absence providing that you intend to occupy the dwelling as your home upon your return, the part of the dwelling you normally occupy is not let or sub-let, and the period of absence is unlikely to exceed 52 weeks if you are:

  • a prisoner on remand

  • an inpatient in hospital or a similar institution

  • receiving medical treatment or medically approved convalescence for yourself, your partner or a dependent child in the UK or abroad, but not in residential accommodation

  • undertaking an approved training course in the UK or abroad

  • providing medically approved care in the UK or abroad

  • providing care for a child whose parent or guardian is receiving medical treatment or medically approved care

  • receiving medically approved care in the UK or abroad but not in residential accommodation

  • vulnerable students

  • in fear of violence

  • receiving care in residential accommodation other than on a trial basis

In all other circumstances the period of absence must not exceed 13 weeks.

With effect from Summer 2016 the 13 week temporary absence rule is reducing to 4 weeks. This will apply only to cases where the absence is outside Great Britain. In certain circumstances the Local Authority may be able to use their discretion and extend the period by a further 4 weeks if they feel it is reasonable to do so. Exceptional circumstances rules may apply, for example, for members of the armed forces or offshore employees.

To avoid loss of benefit you should advise Fylde Direct (01253 658 658) of your situation before your temporary absence occurs.