The rules on temporary absence abroad have changed
The rules about getting Council Tax Support whilst abroad have changed to bring them into line with Housing Benefit rules.
The change applies to new absences outside Great Britain from 1 April 2017.
It applies to all people who get Council Tax Support, not just working-age people.
Four weeks. You can be absent from home outside Great Britain for any reason, for up to four weeks, and continue to get Council Tax Support.
Eight weeks. You may be able to continue getting Council Tax Support for up to eight weeks if the absence from Great Britain is because of the death of:
- your partner
- a child or young person for whom you or your partner are responsible
- you or your partner’s close relative
- a close relative of a child or young person for whom you or your partner are responsible
We must be satisfied that it would be unreasonable to expect you to return within the first four weeks.
Up to 26 weeks. You may be able to continue getting Council Tax Support for up to 26 weeks in any of these circumstances:
- Your absence abroad is to receive medical treatment.
- You are accompanying a partner, child or qualifying young person for medical treatment abroad.
- You are resident abroad in hospital or similar institution as a patient.
- You, your partner or dependent child is undergoing medical treatment or medically approved convalescence in accommodation abroad, other than residential accommodation.
- You are a mariner or a continental shelf worker, for example someone working on an oil rig in the North Sea.
- You are a member of the armed forces posted overseas.
- Your absence is because you fear of violence in your home, or violence by a person who was formerly a member of the family.
Your absence must be unlikely to be more than 26 weeks. It can be not substantially more than 26 weeks in exceptional circumstances.