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ESA holiday abroad

sabsab Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited April 2018 in Disabled people
I was informed I have to contact ESA if I go abroad to fill a form in even if it's just a short break.....is it true?  I have family abroad and I'm wondering do I have to fill a form every time I visit them. Thanks

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  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sab
    This information is from the gov website:

    You need to report changes to your circumstances so you keep getting the right amount of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

    Your claim might be stopped or reduced if you don’t report a change straight away.

    A change of circumstance can include:

    • starting or stopping work, education, training or an apprenticeship
    • moving house
    • changing your name
    • people moving into or out of the place you live (for example your partner or a child)
    • changes to the benefits you or anyone else in your house gets
    • changes to your pension, savings, investments or property
    • changes to other money you get (for example student loans or grants, sick pay or money you get from a charity)
    • changing your doctor
    • any changes to your medical condition or disability
    • going into hospital or a care home or sheltered accommodation
    • going abroad for any length of time

    Call the ESA helpline if you’re not sure whether you need to report a change.

    You may be prosecuted or have to pay a £50 penalty if you give wrong or incomplete information, or don’t report changes straight away.

    How to report

    You can report a change of circumstances by:

    • calling the ESA helpline
    • writing to the Jobcentre Plus office that pays your ESA - the address is on the letters you get about your ESA

    ESA helpline
    Telephone: 0800 169 0310
    Textphone: 0800 169 0314

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • sabsab Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks so much for your help  :D
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    No problems! :)
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
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