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Holiday abroad Universal Credits

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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Hardly_QuimHardly_Quim Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
I want to take and pay for a weeks holiday to my mate. He is on UC, he has been told he can go on holiday, but not abroad. It's only for a week, but it looks like he can't go?

Is this true? He is not trying to bend the rules. He has had a rough time of late and needs a holiday. If he 'signs off' I understand it's a real pain to get things sorted out again.

This is not a case of some workshy guy claiming benefits and living the life of Riley whilst the state pays. He a mate needs help and a holiday.:beer:

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  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    This is what I can find

    However, if a claimant chooses to go on holiday in Great Britain or abroad
    they must continue to carry out the work-related requirements as set out on their Claimant
    Commitment.

    No allowances are made within the conditionality regime for claimants going on holiday. For
    example claimants within the All Work-Related Requirements Group with no restrictions on
    their availability will still be expected to be immediately available to attend a job interview or
    take up an offer of employment, even if this means cutting short a holiday. They are also
    required to attend their normal appointments and failure to do so will incur a sanction.

    Being on holiday would not be considered by a DWP Decision Maker as good reason for not
    carrying out any work search or availability requirements.


    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/298762/response/727736/attach/html/2/FOI%204569%20reply.pdf.html

    Obviously attending any interview would be easier if in the UK rather than abroad.
  • hucksterhuckster Forumite
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    As already advised, providing they meet the claimant commitment, nothing stopping them having a holiday for a week.
    The comments I post are personal opinion. Always refer to official information sources before relying on internet forums. If you have a problem with any organisation, enter into their official complaints process at the earliest opportunity, as sometimes complaints have to be started within a certain time frame.
  • Hardly_QuimHardly_Quim Forumite
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    Many thanks, maybe if he asked his 'handler' and shown them the link above they may well 'authorise' the holiday. Better to be honest in this situation.
  • tomtom256tomtom256 Forumite
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    You can be out of the country for upto 28 days as long as you continue to comply with your commitments.

    Obviously I would get them to let their work coach know so they dont miss an appointment whilst away and face a sanction.
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