Change of circumstances - Going Abroad
If you are receiving benefits and go abroad, your benefits may be affected.
Benefits while abroad
Short absences for holidays abroad do not affect most benefits. However, your entitlement to certain benefits can change if:
- you live abroad permanently
- you live in the EEA, Switzerland or a country which has a reciprocal agreement with the UK
(Going abroad is usually defined as going outside the United Kingdom).
If you want information about receiving your benefits during a temporary or permanent absence, you must tell the Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office.
For State Pension queries:
For other queries please contact:Overseas Benefits Unit
Network Support Branch
39-41 Church Road
- telephone: 028 9560 6857 and 028 9560 6868
You will need to tell them:
- your name and National Insurance number or the reference number shown on any correspondence which you received previously
- your address abroad
- the date you went abroad or the date you will leave the United Kingdom
- the method of payment you require
- whether the absence will be temporary or permanent (if temporary tell them how long it is likely to last)
- whether your spouse or civil partner and any or all of your children live abroad with you
|Benefits affected by going abroad||Benefits not affected by going abroad|
|Attendance Allowance||Industrial Death Benefit|
|Bereavement Benefits||Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit|
|Carer's Allowance||Retirement Allowance|
|Constant Attendance Allowance|
|Disability Living Allowance|
|Employment and Support Allowance|
|Over 80's Pension|
|Reduced Earnings Allowance|
|Severe Disablement Allowance|
|State Retirement Pension|
You must tell the Social Security office that pays your benefit that you are going abroad so that they can arrange payment during the absence -if required.
Employment and Support Allowance
If you are receiving Employment and Support Allowance this may be affected if you go away from home.
In some circumstances, you may keep getting Employment and Support Allowance for up to four weeks during temporary trips abroad. This may apply:
- for some short trips
- if you have to go abroad to get medical treatment
- if you live with a member of the armed forces and go overseas with them
If you get Employment and Support Allowance and you plan to go abroad, you must tell the Employment and Support Allowance Centre straight away to check if your benefit will be affected.
If you are able to get Employment and Support Allowance while you are abroad, you can arrange for someone else to get your payment for you while you are away. Or you can be paid when you get back and in some circumstances, you can have it paid to you abroad.
You should contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre for information on how temporary or permanent absence abroad affects your Pension Credit