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Hospital and benefits - Your partner's or carer's 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.

Your partner's or carer's benefits when you go into hospital

Your partner should tell whoever pays them benefits that you have gone into hospital.  The amount of benefit they get may change if you are likely to be in hospital for more than 52 weeks or if they are your carer.

Your partner or carer will stop getting Carer’s Allowance once you have been in hospital for 28 days. You must also tell the people paying your benefits if your partner starts work, claims another benefit, or has any other change in circumstances that could affect the amount of benefit you or they get.    

If your partner is getting benefit for you, for example, Jobseeker’s Allowance, it might be better for you to claim benefit for them instead when you are in hospital.  For example, you may be able to get income-related Employment and Support Allowance for yourself and your partner and they will not have to look for work whilst you are ill. Get advice if this applies to you.

If you are going to be in hospital for more than 52 weeks, your partner might have to claim benefits for themselves.  What benefit they will get will depend on their circumstances, for example:

Get advice if this applies to you. You can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool to find a local adviser.



 

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