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Welshman54 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited January 2018 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi guys and thank you for accepting me 


  • Welshman54
    Welshman54 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Can you please help.
    i have been receiving pip for the past 4 yrs,went on breaks to family in Spain last year and advised them of when I went and when I returned,when I returned in early December I was told that my benefit was stopped because I exceeded 13 weeks. I phoned and explained that I was of the impression that if I went for over 13 weeks at any one time my benefit would be suspended and not stopped , not once in the information they gave does it say " if you exceed 13 weeks in a year " your payment will stop.
    anyway when I phoned to query this they passed me from one department to another and the last department said my case manager would contact me ,that was mid December ,and as of yet no one has been in touch .please can you advise me ,thank you Tony
  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,798 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Welshman54, and welcome!

    Sorry to hear about your situation: hopefully one of our benefits advisors will be in touch soon and able to assist you further with this. Have you tried getting in touch with the DWP since you last heard from them? 
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,676 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Welshman54
    It does say that the conditions of entitlement for PIP are:

    They must have been present for at least 104 weeks out of the last 156 weeks in Great Britain.

    A temporary absence abroad for up to 13 weeks may be allowed, or up to 26 weeks if the absence is specifically for medical treatment. The claimant should notify us if they are planning to go abroad for 4 weeks or more.
    Senior online community officer
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,676 Disability Gamechanger
    @Debbie_Scope do you have any ideas on this?
    Senior online community officer
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    Key here is the difference between suspended and stopped. If benefit is suspended then payment is stopped. Entitlement remains but actual payment stops. I wonder if what you’re referring to is an assumption that upon your return your payments would simply recommence whereas in fact you’ve been asked to reapply. If you came back at the 13 week point then, yes, you’d have to reapply.


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