Your benefits while you are in hospital or in residential care
Some benefits can be affected when you go into hospital or into residential care. You should inform whoever pays the benefit beforehand so they can then make any necessary changes.
What should I do if I go into hospital or residential care?
- You should tell whoever pays the benefit e.g. Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service, HMRC or the Local Authority, the date of your admission before you go into hospital or residential care.
- If you can’t do this, let them know as soon as possible afterwards.
- Let the people paying the benefit know when you have returned home, even if no benefits were stopped while you were away.
Where can I get benefits advice?
It can be useful to speak with someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help you such as;
- Citizens Advice Newcastle – provide advice to anyone in Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service – provide advice to people in priority groups including those over 65. They have self help material on their website.
Visit www.newcastle.gov.uk for more benefit advice services available across Newcastle.
Other Useful Information
- Money Advice Service provides online information on the full range of benefits that you may be entitled to.
- Simple Payment Service was introduced as cheques are no longer used to pay state benefits and Pension credit.
Last updated: August 10, 2018