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Hospital and benefits - Carers

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.


If you get Carer's Allowance for looking after another person, your Carer's Allowance might stop when you go into hospital. Carer's Allowance will stop being paid when you have been in hospital for 12 weeks. It may stop before 12 weeks if you have had other breaks from caring in the six months before you go into hospital.  

If someone gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after you, their benefit will stop after you have been in hospital for 28 days.

If someone who was getting Carer’s Allowance was also getting additional amounts in their other benefits because they are a carer, the additional amount will carry on being paid for eight weeks after the Carer’s Allowance stops.

If they were getting a Carer’s Element in Universal Credit, their Carer’s Element will stop after you have been in hospital for 28 days.

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