You’ll need to let the benefits office know if you go abroad (anywhere outside England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Here’s how going on holiday is likely to affect key benefits and tax credits.
- Universal Credit – continues for up to 1 month if you take a holiday either in the UK or abroad. But you have to tell your work coach you’re going. And you usually have to stick to your work-related requirements while you’re away – so you might have to keep looking for work or come back for a job interview or to start work. Do talk to your work coach about this, as they might let you pause your work-related activities for a short time.
- Child Benefit – continues for up to 8 weeks if you go abroad. No change if you’re in the UK.
- Income Support – continues for up to 4 weeks if you go abroad, but you have to tell the jobcentre. If you go on holiday in the UK, this isn’t affected, as long as you don’t miss any work-focused interviews while you’re away.
- Jobseeker’s Allowance – this will stop if you go on holiday abroad. If you take a UK break, you have to continue to be available and looking for work to keep getting it. But you can be excused from actively looking for work for 2 weeks a year – so ask your work coach about this.
- Housing Benefit – continues for up to 4 weeks if you holiday in the UK or abroad. If you go away for longer than that, check with your council.
- Tax credits – not affected if you take a UK break, and continues for up to 8 weeks if you go abroad.