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Personal Independence Payment: Patients

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 155853, tabled on 20 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, for what reasons personal independence payments are not payable for people receiving care in an NHS hospital for longer than 28 days.

Answered on

28 June 2018

Where someone is maintained free of charge while undergoing medical or other treatment as an in-patient in a hospital or similar institution funded by the NHS, payment of (but not entitlement to) Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ceases after 28 days. This is on the basis that the NHS is responsible for the the person’s disability-related extra costs and to pay PIP in addition would be a duplication of public funds intended for the same purpose. Once someone is discharged from hospital, payment of PIP recommences from the date of discharge.