PIP payments could be halted if you’re holidaying abroad this year – check the rules before you travel – Low Calorie Diets Tips

There are several changes in the circumstances that individuals drawing Personal Independence Payments (PIP) must notify the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) or risk losing their entitlement to benefits.

Changing your name, doctor, healthcare professional, or address does not need to be reported to the DWP and will not affect your payments or entitlement to PIP. However, if you leave the country or plan to leave the country for a period longer than four weeks, even for a holiday, your benefits may be affected.

The DWP guidelines state: “This change may impact the applicant’s entitlement to PIP. We need to know when the applicant is leaving the country, how long they plan to leave the country, which country they are going to and why they are going abroad.”

If you are planning to enjoy a longer holiday now that most travel restrictions have been lifted, contact the DWP as soon as possible and provide the details requested – and keep this in mind when you book.

How to report a change of circumstances to DWP

To report a change of circumstances, contact the PIP Inquiry Hotline on 0800 121 4433 – hotlines are manned Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Here is comprehensive guidance on any change of circumstances and whether you need to contact the DWP about this.

Changes in daily life or mobility needs

For example, you should let DWP know if you need more or less help or assistance, or if the condition will last longer or shorter than you previously let DWP know.

This change may affect eligibility for PIP, PIP award amount and period.

Departure or planned departure for a period of more than 4 weeks – even if it is a public holiday

This change may affect the applicant’s entitlement to PIP. The DWP needs to know the date the applicant is leaving the country, how long they plan to leave the country, which country they are going to and why they are going abroad.



Many people across the UK are expected to holiday abroad this year after two years of summer holidays

hospitals or similar institutions

The DWP policy states that both components of the PIP are no longer payable 28 days after the applicant has been admitted to an NHS hospital.

Privately funded patients are not affected by these rules and can continue to receive both components of the PIP.

If an applicant is in a hospital or similar facility when eligibility for PIP commences, PIP is only payable upon discharge.

nursing homes

The daily living PIP component is waived after 28 days in a nursing home where the cost of accommodation is covered by public or municipal funds.

The PIP mobility component can still be paid for.

Persons who finance their internship completely themselves are not affected by these rules. If an applicant is in a nursing home at the time of eligibility, the PIP component for daily living expenses will not be paid until they leave the nursing home.

Combined stays in the hospital and a nursing home

Hospitalizations are interconnected if the interval between them is no more than 28 days. Also, the part of daily living for stays in a nursing home is linked if the distance between them is not more than 28 days.

There is no link for the mobility component as payment in the nursing home is not affected.

Both components of the PIP are no longer paid after a total of 28 days of hospitalization.

The daily living component of PIP ceases to be paid after a total of 28 days in a nursing home.

If an applicant moves between a hospital and a nursing home or vice versa, these times will also be linked.

Detention or Beneficiary in Detention

This change may affect the amount of PIP that can be paid to the applicant.

The DWP needs to know the date the applicant was taken to jail or legal custody and the expected length of stay there, if known.

Taken into custody

PIP is no longer payable after 28 days if someone is in judicial custody. This applies regardless of whether it is a civil or criminal offense and whether they have been convicted or are in custody.

Suspended benefit payments will not be refunded regardless of the outcome of the case against the person. Two or more separate custody periods are linked if they fall within one year.

name change

This change will not affect payment or eligibility for PIP, but it is important that the DWP has the most up-to-date details for the applicant.

This change must be reported in writing – if the applicant provides these details over the phone, the DWP will ask that these details be put in writing. The written notification must contain:

  • full details of her former name

  • her new name

  • Details of changes to the bank or building society account into which PIP is deposited, such as B. Account name or account number

  • her signature on the letter

Account change PIP is deposited

The DWP requires full details of the name and address of the new bank or building society and details of the new account, including account name, account number and routing or role number.

Change of person acting for the plaintiff

This refers to an agent or person with power of attorney on behalf of the applicant.

This change is important so that the DWP can make payments to the right person at the right time. You will need the full name, address and contact details of the new person acting for the applicant.

If the person working for the applicant has moved or has different contact details, the DWP only needs the new details.

change of address

Unless it is a hospital or nursing home, this change will not affect the eligibility or payment of PIP.

It is important that the DWP has the most up-to-date details for the applicant.

You will need full details of the new address to which the applicant has moved, including the zip code and the date of the move.

Change of doctor or healthcare professional

This change will not affect payment or eligibility for PIP and is not mandatory once a decision on PIP entitlement has been made.

However, if the change occurs during the claim phase, it is important that the DWP has the most up-to-date information. This ensures that the review provider has the correct contact details to obtain any further information required.

The DWP will need the full name, address and contact details of the new doctor or healthcare professional.

For detailed information about changes in circumstances when you receive PIP, refer to the online manual here.

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