Reply To: 52 week absence


The DWP HB/CTB Manual states:

A person whose absence…is ‘unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks’* also qualifies. This may be considered only in exceptional circumstances. It should not be interpreted as the normal rule for all or any particular groups of claimant.

* Unlikely to substantially exceed 52 weeks’ should be interpreted as a total absence of up to about 15 months.

No mention of anything occuring to prevent the claimant from returning, so it would seem to me that you can pay the maximum 52 weeks, if you consider that the circumstances are exceptional.