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Pension credit in hospital

Pension credit

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.

Pension credit is paid for an indefinite period as long as the other qualifying conditions are met. Certain additional amounts and housing costs are affected:

  • The additional amount for severe disability will stop after four weeks if you are in hospital and you lose your attendance allowance, disability living allowance care component, personal independence payment daily living component or adult disability payment daily living component. If you have a partner who is not in hospital and who also qualifies for the additional amount for severe disability, they will continue to get it.

  • The additional amount for carers will stop 8 weeks after your carer’s allowance stops.

  • Once you have been in hospital for a continuous period of 52 weeks, if you have no dependants living in your home, you can no longer get pension credit housing costs. If you have dependants or other people living in your home, their right to benefit depends on their own circumstances. If you are one of a couple and have been in hospital for 52 weeks, you and your partner are treated as separate claimants.
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