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JSA in hospital

New style jobseeker's allowance

The day you are admitted is treated as a day out of hospital and the day you are discharged is treated as a day in hospital.

You cannot normally claim jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) while you are in hospital because you will not be deemed capable of work or able to meet the work-related conditions.

However, if you are already getting JSA when you go into hospital, you can be treated as being capable of work and the work-related conditions can be relaxed for up to 13 continuous weeks.

When your JSA stops, you may be able to claim employment and support allowance instead.

JSA can continue to be paid during a temporary absence abroad for the purpose of receiving NHS hospital treatment.

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