Reply To: temporary absence


many thanks for your replies

I have now also received confirmation from the Adelphi as follows:
“Regulation 7 provides for circumstances in which a person can be treated as occupying a dwelling as his home. Once it has been decided that a person can be treated as occupying his home you can then look at the temporary absence issue, ie that person can continue to be treated as occupying that dwelling for a limited period depending on the reason for absence. The claimant can make a claim for benefit at any time but if he is absent during the claim the period of absence is still taken from the first day he was absent from that dwelling irrespective of whether he was claiming benefit at that time. A claim does not need to exist prior to being absent.”