Changes to PIP Claimants’ Benefit Entitlements: Reporting Requirements for Extended Trips Abroad

Changes to PIP Claimants’ Benefit Entitlements: Reporting Requirements for Extended Trips Abroad

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. Claimants of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) who plan to travel abroad for more than four weeks must inform the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before leaving to avoid their payments being stopped.

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This is due to a specific set of rules regarding benefit entitlements.

Changes in Address or Personal Details:

If you change your address, GP surgery, your name, or your healthcare professional, there is no need to notify the department, and it will not impact your PIP payments.

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However, going away for an extended period may result in financial difficulties.

Reporting Requirements for Going Abroad:

According to the 2023/24 edition of the PIP Handbook on GOV.UK, guidelines state that leaving the country can affect a claimant’s entitlement to PIP.

To ensure uninterrupted payments, the DWP needs to be informed about the following details: the date of departure, the duration of the trip, the destination country, and the reason for going abroad.

Reporting Changes in Circumstances:

If there are any changes in your daily living or mobility needs, it is important to notify the DWP.

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For instance, if you require more or less assistance or support, or if your condition will last for a shorter or longer period than previously reported, it can affect your entitlement to PIP.

Furthermore, it may impact the amount and duration of your PIP award.

Reporting Process:

To report any changes in circumstances, you can contact the DWP via telephone at 0800 121 4433.

The lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, as reported by the Daily Record.

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Conclusion:

PIP claimants intending to travel abroad for more than four weeks must inform the DWP in advance to prevent their payments from being stopped.

Additionally, it is essential to report any changes in personal details or circumstances, as failing to do so may affect entitlements, the amount of PIP received, and the duration of the award.

Contacting the DWP through the provided telephone number is the recommended method for reporting these changes.

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