Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
On the 18th May 2020 the DWP minister Justin Tomlinson announced on 18/05/2020 that "DWP continues to support existing benefit recipients in exceptional cases where their absence abroad goes over the period allowed under the temporary absence benefit rules and are awaiting repatriation due to covid-19 travel restrictions." This was in response to a question from MP Lisa Nandy, which was: “what steps the Government is taking to ensure that UK travellers awaiting repatriation to the UK continue to receive the benefit payments they are entitled to beyond the usual four week period for payments under temporary absence rules.” (Question and answer: https://questions-statements.parliament....)
I have been advised by my local Jobcentre that the easements for UC claimants who exceeded the temporary absence abroad rules due to coronavirus travel restrictions outside of GB were only in place for the first lockdown and have now been lifted, and that the guidance on ending the easements was internal only and not available externally.
Therefore, please can you:
1. Provide a copy of the internal guidance which introduces easements for UC claims in excess of the temporary absence abroad rules, due to coronavirus travel restrictions outside of GB?
2. Confirm the date that the policy of allowing easements ended, specifically those easements for UC claims exceeding the temporary absence abroad rules due to coronavirus travel restrictions outside of GB?
3. Provide a copy of the internal guidance confirming that the easements to temporary absence abroad rules due to coronavirus travel restrictions outside of GB have now ended?
With thanks for your assistance.
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