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Benefit entitlement in hospital

If you are receiving benefits

If you are going in to hospital you should immediately notify the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

This is important as in some cases your DWP benefit entitlement will have to be reassessed to take account of your new circumstances. Many benefits will be reduced during a stay in hospital usually after either 4 or 6 weeks, and some may cease altogether.

Housing benefit and council tax reduction

If you receive housing benefit and council tax reduction and live in Hackney you should also inform us.

Housing benefit and council tax reduction can continue to be paid for up to 52 weeks while a claimant is in hospital.

However if you or a family member are in receipt of attendance allowance, or disability living allowance (care component), and your stay in hospital exceeds 4 weeks, this may alter your housing and council tax reduction. Your housing benefit and council tax reduction may also be affected 8 weeks after any loss of entitlement to carer’s allowance.

If you receive any of the above benefits and you go into hospital you should contact us to find out whether it will impact on you.

To find out if the benefit you are already claiming is affected by a stay in hospital or if there are any benefits that you may be entitled to please contact us.

If you are not already receiving benefits

If you were not claiming any form of benefit prior to entering hospital you may now be entitled to claim. To find out if you are entitled to claim please contact us.

When you come out of hospital

When you come out of hospital you should notify both the Department for Work and Pensions and the council office that deals with your claims for housing benefit and council tax reduction.

This is important as you will need to have your benefit reassessed when you return home. You may also be entitled to other benefits if you have become disabled as a result of your illness.

Page updated on: 16 July 2019

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