13 week temporary absence

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    I would appreciate any advice – we have a customer who was recently absent from home for 10 weeks as is visiting relates abroad and qualified for the 13 week temporary absence rule.


    However she is now intending to return abroad again to visit relatives for around 8 weeks.


    Does the new absence count as a new 13 week period or should the two be added together – ie can you come home for a period and then continue to renew the 13 week rule




    Yes you can and there is no limit on doing this. The 13 week rule starts again. One exception:

    Eventually the council may consider the property in the Uk is not the claimants “normal home”. When you decide that, then HB entitlement ends automatically irrespective.

    18 weeks absence on holiday visiting relatives in a short time? On HB? I could be tempted to refuse HB depending on the specific circumstances of the case.


    Thank you

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