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Last updated:
16/11/2017

I was claiming benefits when I went into hospital. What will happen to them?

  1. Overview
  2. How can going into hospital affect my finances?
  3. Should I tell anyone that I have gone into hospital?
  4. Will my employer pay me while I’m in hospital?
  5. I was claiming benefits when I went into hospital. What will happen to them?
  6. What about my property rates?
  7. What happens after 28 days of being in hospital?
  8. What will happen after 52 weeks of being in hospital?
  9. I was claiming Universal Credit, what happens to that?
  10. How can I pay my bills if I am in hospital?
  11. I can’t afford my debts, what can I do?
  12. What if I cannot look after my money?
  13. Next steps

If you get benefits, it is important to tell the SSA and HMRC if you go into hospital. If you are too unwell to tell them, ask your carer or a relative to do it for you. You could also ask a health care professional, like a nurse, doctor or social worker to do it for you.

You can tell them by telephone but it is better to write. Keep a copy of the letter and get a certificate of postage from the post office (this should be free).

While you are in hospital you will automatically meet the basic health criteria for claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). If you are not already claiming this benefit, and are not getting sick pay, you could consider making a claim.

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  1. Overview
  2. How can going into hospital affect my finances?
  3. Should I tell anyone that I have gone into hospital?
  4. Will my employer pay me while I’m in hospital?
  5. I was claiming benefits when I went into hospital. What will happen to them?
  6. What about my property rates?
  7. What happens after 28 days of being in hospital?
  8. What will happen after 52 weeks of being in hospital?
  9. I was claiming Universal Credit, what happens to that?
  10. How can I pay my bills if I am in hospital?
  11. I can’t afford my debts, what can I do?
  12. What if I cannot look after my money?
  13. Next steps
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