Going into hospital: money matters
Going into hospital can be very upsetting and money may be the last thing on your mind. But if you don’t have a plan to deal with your money when you are in hospital, you could have debts to deal with when you leave.
- Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Allowance and Attendance Allowance stop if you are in hospital for 28 days.
- You can continue to get Housing Benefit for up to 52 weeks.
- Universal Credit will not usually be affected for 6 months.
- If you get benefits, tell the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and your local authority if you go into hospital.
- If you don’t tell the DWP that you are in hospital, they will continue to pay you the same amount. This means you may not be getting the right amount and you may have to pay some money back.
- You could make a plan with a relative or friend so they know what to do if you have to go into hospital. They could help with your finances while you are in hospital.
- You should continue to pay your essential bills (such as rent, council tax, fuel and insurance). You could do this by direct debit.
- If you cannot make financial decisions for yourself, someone may need to manage your finances for you.
These pages cover:
- What happens to my money when I go into hospital?
- Should I tell anyone that I have gone into hospital?
- I was working when I went into hospital. What happens to my pay?
- I was claiming benefits when I went into hospital. What will happen to them?
- I claim Universal Credit. How will this be affected?
- How can I pay my bills if I am in hospital?
- I can’t afford my debts, what can I do?
- What if I cannot look after my money?
Last reviewed in June 2017, next review June 2020.
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