Thousands of Brits claiming benefits could have them stopped if they travel abroad

People claiming one certain benefit have to inform the DWP about their extended trips

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Thousands of Brits who claim benefits could have them stopped if they travel abroad.

Almost 3 million people claim Personal Independence Payments (PIP), latest figures released by the Government show.

PIP Is a welfare benefit intended to help adults with long-term health conditions or disabilities.

PIP Is a welfare benefit intended to help adults with long-term health conditions or disabilities
PIP Is a welfare benefit intended to help adults with long-term health conditions or disabilities
Those claiming PIP who are travelling abroad for more than four weeks must inform the DWP
Those claiming PIP who are travelling abroad for more than four weeks must inform the DWP

People aged 16 or over can claim PIP, regardless of whether they are working or receive any other benefits.

But if someone receiving PIP books a trip abroad lasting more than four weeks, their payments could be halted.

That’s because rules state that you must inform the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about any change of circumstances.

People must tell the DWP the date at which they are leaving the country, how long they are away for, which country they are travelling to and the reason for the trip.

Failure to do so "may affect the claimant's entitlement to PIP”, the DWP say.

To inform the DWP about any trips abroad that are longer than four weeks, you should contact the PIP enquiry line.

The phone number is 0800 121 4433, with lines open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.