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Last updated:
18/10/2018

Will my employer pay me while I’m in hospital?

  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 work but you have to take time off because you are unwell, you could be entitled to sick pay. Your employment contract may say how much your employer will pay you and for how long. This is called ‘contractual sick pay’. Often you may need to provide a note from a doctor to prove that you are unable to work due to ill health.

If your contract does not mention sick pay, you may still be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). SSP is the minimum amount your employer must pay you if you are unable to work due to sickness. SSP is paid for up to 28 weeks. If you are absent for more than 28 weeks you will have to make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

If your sick pay is less than your normal income, you may be entitled to more benefits or tax credits. You might also be entitled to Housing Benefit if you rent your home, as well as Rate Relief. If you think this applies to you, ask your benefit adviser for help, or ask directly at the NI Housing Executive.

If you were already receiving tax credits, you should tell HMRC about the change in your income as they may change your award. The Tax Credits Helpline number is 0345 300 3900.

Tax credits Helpline

0345 300 3900

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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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