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Hospital and benefits - Benefits that stop being paid if you go into hospital

When you or someone in your family go into or come out of hospital, the benefits you get may change.

Benefits that stop being paid if you go into hospital

If you are aged 18 or over, payments you get of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA) will stop after you have been in hospital for 28 days. If you are under 18 on the day you enter hospital, your DLA or PIP payments will not stop.

If your DLA, PIP or AA payments stop, they will be paid again as soon as you come out of hospital. You will need to tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that you have left hospital. If you come out of hospital but have to go back in within 28 days, your benefit will stop again as soon as you are staying in hospital again. You will need to tell the DWP you have gone back into hospital.

If you were living in a care home before going into hospital and payment of DLA care component, PIP daily living component or AA had stopped, you will not be paid when you go into hospital. Also, after 28 days in hospital, payment of the mobility component of DLA or PIP will stop.   

 If you have a car through the Motability scheme, you should tell Motability if you are likely to be in hospital for more than 28 days. 

Reviewed: October 2021

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