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    • Nancyjesse
    • By Nancyjesse 15th Sep 18, 8:40 PM
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    Esa
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    • 15th Sep 18, 8:40 PM
    Esa 15th Sep 18 at 8:40 PM
    Hi, how would ESA people know that I'm not in the country?
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    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 15th Sep 18, 8:43 PM
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    They wouldn't necessarily know immediately, but that doesn't mean they couldn't find out later. Every time you leave or return to the UK your passport is scanned so you do leave a trail. Whether they know or not, if you are out for more than a month (with a few exceptions) and don't inform them, you are committing benefit fraud.
    • Nancyjesse
    • By Nancyjesse 19th Sep 18, 9:12 PM
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    • 19th Sep 18, 9:12 PM
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    • 19th Sep 18, 9:12 PM
    I wasn't aware of all this and I'm visiting the US for 2 months as I'm dealing with family issues but I wasn't aware of this stuff
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 19th Sep 18, 10:03 PM
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    • 19th Sep 18, 10:03 PM
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    • 19th Sep 18, 10:03 PM
    If you are in the US now you need to let DWP know as soon as you get back. There will potentially be an overpayment but it's better to get it sorted voluntarily than to be found out later.
    • Nancyjesse
    • By Nancyjesse 20th Sep 18, 11:39 PM
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    • 20th Sep 18, 11:39 PM
    what is an overpayment
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 20th Sep 18, 11:40 PM
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    • 20th Sep 18, 11:40 PM
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    • 20th Sep 18, 11:40 PM
    what is an overpayment
    Originally posted by Nancyjesse
    It's when you've been paid too much and have to pay money back for what you shouldn't have claimed.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 20th Sep 18, 11:45 PM
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    • 20th Sep 18, 11:45 PM
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    • 20th Sep 18, 11:45 PM
    You can be paid ESA for up to 4 weeks when going abroad. Anything longer than this unless it's for medical treatment for yourself then you shouldn't have been claiming ESA after the 4 weeks have ended. As you should have report this change of circumstances to DWP you'll potentially have an overpayment for the time that exceeds 4 weeks. Are you still visiting family in another country? and have you rang ESA to report this?
    https://www.gov.uk/claim-benefits-abroad/illness-injury-benefits
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