RETURNING TO THE
If you intend to return to the
Tell the Town Hall and the Police you are leaving; and if you have registered for healthcare, the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS) also need to know. If you don’t de-register before you leave
Rights to means-tested benefits
You won’t automatically be entitled to all the benefits you had before you left the UK and special rules apply to people who arrive there after living in another country. Means-tested benefits are only available to people who are ‘habitually resident’. This means you must be able to show that:
You have attachments in the
You have lived there for some time, and;
You have a settled intention to remain in the country.
You may need to have been living in the
The NHS is first and foremost for the benefit of people living lawfully in the
People who don’t pass the ‘habitual residence’ tests may be charged for treatment. It is up to NHS / Primary Care Trusts to establish whether each patient is ordinarily resident for the purposes of healthcare. If you can’t satisfy the NHS / Primary Care Trust that you’re entitled to free treatment you may be liable to pay.
However, the local authority in your area is obliged to provide or arrange residential accommodation even if you’re of ‘no settled residence’, or not ordinarily resident in the area and in urgent need of residential accommodation.
People who can pay for their own care can of course make their own arrangements, but local authorities are able to arrange care on their behalf if appropriate. Before care home options are considered for individuals, local authorities have to complete assessments of their needs and financial circumstances.
Useful information on finding a care home, assistance from councils, costs and related topics is available on the Directgov public information website at: