ESA and hospital?

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Hi all

A friend get ESA income related and is in the support group but hes been in hospiral for 4 days and has just left and i said i thought you have to tell ESA if your in hospital and he did not know this but after doing some reading it looks like being in hospital is a change of circumstances and so will be told to claim Universal credit. Is this true that if your in hospital you will be told to change to universal credit early?

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    4 days is not a reportable change of circumstances especially if he's now back home, Denise will I'm sure confirm this or put you straight and what ever you do please don't give advice before you are certain it's correct advice

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    Hi,

    Alexandria is correct here. This not classed as a change of circumstances at all and certainly will not prompt a move to UC. There's also no need to tell DWP they were in hospital because it was just 4 days.

    ESA is paid for an indefinite period when you're in hospital providing you still meet the other conditions.

    If claiming the severe disability premium then this stops after 4 weeks and the enhanced disability premium stops after 52 weeks.

    PIP and DLA is different and is paid for just 28 days.

    I also agree with Alexandria again here and you really shouldn't give advice to anyone unless you're 100% sure it's correct. I'm not sure where you read that it's a change of circumstances.

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    Thanks both, i havent given proper advice yet as i wasnt 100% sure, i told him id ask here first which im glad i did.

    Denise i read it on a few websites saying that if your sick that will trigger a move to UC.

    Thank you for clearing this up Denise and Alexandria

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