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Hospital and benefits - Statutory Sick Pay and Working Tax Credit

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.

Statutory Sick Pay and Working Tax Credit

If you were working when you became ill, you might be getting Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

SSP will be paid for the first 28 weeks that you are not able to work. If you were self-employed, you might be able to apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). You may also continue to get Working Tax Credit in addition to SSP or ESA for the first 28 weeks if your income and savings are low.  It is no longer possible to make new claims for Working Tax Credit.

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