DWP warning as your PIP payments could stop this summer

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can suspend or stop Personal Independence Payments (PIP) if you don't report a change in circumstances, including if you're going on holiday
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Individuals receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) could face a halt in their benefits this summer if they decide to take a trip overseas. PIP recipients are required to inform the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of certain changes, or they risk suspension or cessation of their benefits.

Other updates such as a new name, doctor, health professional, or address may require updating the DWP. Going abroad for more than four weeks, including holidays, could impact entitlements, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The 2024 PIP Handbook on GOV.UK advises: "This change may affect the claimant's entitlement to PIP. We will need to know the date the claimant is leaving the country, how long they are planning to be out of the country, which country they are going to and why they are going abroad."

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For those planning an extended break this summer, it's crucial to provide the DWP with the requested information promptly, and to consider this when arranging travel plans. To report any changes to your circumstances to the DWP, you can reach out to the PIP enquiry line at 0800 121 4433. The line operates from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Travelling abroad isn't the only change in circumstances which must be reported to the enquiry line:

  • you need more or less help with daily living and mobility tasks

  • your health professional tells you that your condition will last for a longer or shorter time than you reported before

  • your condition has worsened and you’re not expected to live more than 12 months

  • you go into a hospital, a hospice, a nursing home or a care home

  • you go into a residential school or college

  • you go into foster care or into the care of a local authority or health and social care trust

  • you’re imprisoned or held in detention

  • you plan to go abroad for more than 4 weeks

  • your immigration status changes and you’re not a British or Irish citizen

  • you start or stop getting pensions or benefits from an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

  • your husband, wife, civil partner or a parent you depend on starts or stops getting benefits from an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

You must also contact the enquiry line if:

  • your personal details change, for example your name, address, phone numbers, bank account or doctor

  • someone is acting on your behalf and that person changes

The DWP says you could be taken to court of face a penalty if you give the wrong information and do not report a change in circumstances straight away.