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Hospital and benefits - Benefits in hospital

When you or a member of your family go into or come out of hospital, the welfare benefits you get may change. What will happen to your benefits depends on the type of benefit you get.

A stay in hospital can also affect the benefits your partner or carer gets.

Benefits in hospital

Some benefits stop being paid or are reduced, once you, your partner or child have been in hospital as an in-patient for a set period of time. Others are paid in full. 

You should tell whoever pays the benefit e.g. Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service, HMRC or the Local Authority as soon as you go in to hospital. They can then make any changes that need to be made so that you are not paid too much, or too little. 

If you move from a care home into hospital, you also should tell the people paying your benefits straight away as the rules for hospitals and care homes are different. 

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