Richmondshire District Council

Temporary absence table

We have produced this table to illustrate and help identify the differences that now exist between temporary absences within Great Britain and outside of Great Britain.

Circumstances of absence Within Great Britain Outside Great Britain
A person detained on remand pending trial or sentence upon conviction or as a condition of bail to reside in a dwelling other than their home 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person in a hospital or similar institution as a patient 52 weeks 26 weeks
A person, their partner or dependent child undergoing medical treatment, medically approved convalescence in accommodation other than residential accommodation 52 weeks 26 weeks
A training course 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person who is absent and undertaking medically approved care of a person residing in Great Britain or elsewhere 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person who is caring for child whose parent or guardian is temporarily absent from the home of that parent or guardian and receiving medically approved care or medical treatment 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person who is receiving medically approved care provided in accommodation other than residential accommodation 52 weeks 26 weeks
An eligible student 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person who is receiving care in residential accommodation and is not staying on a trial basis to ascertain if the accommodation suits his needs 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person who has left their home through fear of violence 52 weeks 26 weeks
A person who enters residential accommodation on a trial basis to ascertain if it meets their needs with the intention of returning home 52 weeks 4 weeks
A person who is absent from Great Britain in connection with the death of their partner or a child for whom he or his partner is responsible. Also the person's close relative, a close relative of the person's partner, or a close relative of a child, or young person for whom the person or person's partner is responsible 13 weeks 4 weeks plus additional 4 weeks if the decision maker considers it unreasonable
for the claimant to return
home within the first 4 weeks
A member of Her Majesty’s forces posted overseas 13 weeks 26 weeks
A mariner 13 weeks 26 weeks
Continental shelf worker 13 weeks 26 weeks
Any other temporary absence, e.g. holiday 13 weeks 4 weeks

Please note that Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not within Great Britain.

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