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Hospital Admission

How benefits are affected by admission to hospital

If you (or a child or adult dependant) is admitted to an NHS hospital or a hospice, your entitlement to benefits may be affected and you should tell Social Security about your admissions as soon as possible.

If the customer is admitted as a private patient, their benefit is not affected.

If a customer lives in a residential or nursing home, their benefit changes as soon as they are admitted to hospital.

Certain premiums payable with Income Support and Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance will stop being paid after either 4 or 52 weeks in hospital.

For customers receiving free in-patient treatment in hospital benefits are not normally reduced after 52 weeks. The exceptions are listed below.

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance stops after 4 weeks in hospital.

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance may stop immediately on going into hospital, though it can continue for up to 12 weeks depending on the persons, personal circumstances and those of the person being cared for.

Disability Living Allowance

Payment of Disability Living Allowance stops after 4 weeks in hospital. For children under 16 it normally continues to be paid  for 12 weeks.

Industrial Injuries Constant Attendance Allowance

Benefit stops after 4 weeks in hospital.

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