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I suffer badly during the winter months due to rheumatoid arthritis, bad back and wonky right knee. At present I get the DLA middle care and higher mobility rate. My wife gets carer's allowance for me plus she gets the lower care element of PIP. We both get State Pension however I also get a Pension credit element.

We are considering that maybe we would be better off living in a warmer climate like Spain however we cannot do this if we lose all our benefits. Can any one advise whether we would lose all benefits if moving to Spain?

The other option is to go for 6 months and then return for the summer months in the UK.

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PS We came across this web site https://www.gov.uk/claim-benefits-abroad/illness-injury-and-disability-benefits

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For the benefits advisor when living in Spain see here https://www.gov.uk/uk-benefits-abroad complete the advisor and let us know what it says please...

 

 

Further information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/moving-or-retiring-abroad

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Thanks. Very helpful. It seesm that the best option is to go to Spaing for the winter months i.e December, January adn February as no affect on any benefits received. Somehow I doubt if they will accept sun and warmth as medical treatment allowing us to stay 4 months of a year. The winter months in the UK are a real killer for me. :-)

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Well glad to have helped. Please remember you must/need to inform the DWP of a change of circumstances at the earliest opportunity, this includes a change of address see here for some ideas on what needs to be notified see here >> https://www.gov.uk/civil-penalty-changes-affect-benefits

 

 

Further useful information can be found here >> https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/living-abroad

 

 

Please also read here >> https://www.gov.uk/civil-penalty-changes-affect-benefits

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Well glad to have helped. Please remember you must/need to inform the DWP of a change of circumstances at the earliest opportunity, this includes a change of address see here for some ideas on what needs to be notified see here >> https://www.gov.uk/civil-penalty-changes-affect-benefits

 

If we ever decide to go it will be temporary and not permanent and only for about 3 months so no change in UK address. We can have the post re-directed for that period so I don't think there will be an issue, but take your point on advising them.

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Leaving or travelling abroad whilst on benefits is at best tricky, even for a two week holiday. going for several months could cause you issues if you fail to declare. Just making you aware of this as it would be in your interests to make sure you keep your claim accurate and up to date.... The penalties can be severe.

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If we ever decide to go it will be temporary and not permanent and only for about 3 months so no change in UK address. We can have the post re-directed for that period so I don't think there will be an issue, but take your point on advising them.

 

If you are in Spain more than 3 months you have to register locally, so you can use local healthcare. The EHIC card is for temporary visitors and may not assist if you are renting somewhere more than 3 months.

 

I have family permanently in Spain and they see people in a similar position who get into difficulty, because they have not understood the way things work in Spain. If you look online there is plenty of information about registering with the Spanish authorities. Because you are a pensioner getting a pension it is not a problem, but you must register with the local Spanish government. Also don't expect the local Spanish government to speak English and provide documents fully in English. You might be ok with authorities in say Benidorm where English is common, but if you are based somewhere else, they recommend taking someone with you who speaks Spanish to translate. Even in Tenerife which is half an English resort, you are expected to deal in Spanish or get a translator.

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There are changes starting from April 2016 announce last week in the Autumn Statement and spending review

limit Housing Benefit and Pension Credit payments to 4 weeks for claimants who are outside Great Britain, from April 2016. At present, Housing Benefit recipients can go abroad for up to 13 weeks while continuing to receive Housing Benefit. The benefit system should not subsidise those on benefits to go abroad for extended periods: this reform will ensure the benefit system is not paying the rent of people who go abroad for more than 4 weeks at a time

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