Citizens Advice Scotland responded to a consultation on the UK Government's proposed changes to the length of time a person can be absent from Great Britain without losing entitlement to Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
Based on CAB evidence, Citizens Advice Scotland recommends that the period of allowable absence:
To Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands remain at 13 weeks.
Where a person has left their dwelling through fear of violence in that dwelling should remain up to 52 weeks.
For people detained in custody on remand or prevented from returning home due to bail requirements outside Great Britain remain up to 52 weeks.
- For people who are outside Great Britain in connection with the death of a relative, or to be with a relative who is terminally ill, should remain up to 13 weeks for both Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.