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Hospital and benefits - Means-tested benefits when you go into 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.

Means-tested benefits when you go into hospital

If any of the benefits you get is paid because you have low income and savings, it may go down after 28 days and go down again or stop after 52 weeks in hospital. If you are claiming benefit for your rent, Council Tax, housing costs or for your partner, see below for how this will change.

The following benefits are paid for your living costs if you have low income and savings:

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