Benefits whilst Overseas
You and your partner are off overseas. This doesn't necessarily mean you cease being eligible for benefits.
Your entitlement to claim benefit will depend on whether your stay abroad is temporary or permanent. You can continue to claim some benefits while you are abroad, some can continue for a certain period as long as your stay abroad is temporary and some will stop straight away. You do need to discuss your circustances with your local social security office (or Jobcentre, depending on your region).
If you or your partner are serving abroad, the benefit rules are different from your 'civilian' counterparts. You are far more likely to be able to continue receiving certain benefits, depending on your situation. The Department of Work & Pensions has condensed all the information you may need in one leaflet. The leaflet, GL26 'Service Families', includes advice on:
Downloadable File: Benefits Whilst Serving Abroad (PDF)
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In addition to any Welfare Benefits you are receiving, you are likely to be entitled to certain Service allowances, such as Disturbance Allowance, to compensate for the upheaval of your family having to relocate abroad.
More Information: Pay, Allowances & Pensions
More Information:Relocating - Living Overseas
Services Charities and Funds
If necessary, you may also be entitled to assistance from a Service Charity for additional grants or support. Advice regarding these resources can be sought directly from the charity or through NPFS or RM Welfare.
More Information: Naval Charities
More Support & Information
More Information: Relocating
More Information: Financial / Legal
More Information: Support Groups & Charities
More Information: NPFS / RM Welfare
More Information: RNcom Help Desk
The Department for Work and Pensions
Provides information and guidance in how to claim all types of benefit, including Work Related Benefits.
Web site: Dept of Work & Pensions - Benefits Advice
Inland Revenue Tax Credit Helpline
For information about the Working Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
Web site: Inland Revenue
Phone: 0845 300 3900 - Tax Credit Helpline