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Income Support: what happens if you need hospital treatment in the UK

Income Support is not normally paid if you aren’t in Jersey. However, short breaks of up to 28 days off-Island in any 12 month period are allowed.

If you’re travelling to the UK for medical treatment

If you’re likely to be in a UK hospital for more than four weeks, you need to let us know. Your Income Support payment may go down or stop. If you normally work, you may be entitled to claim Short Term Incapacity Allowance (STIA) instead while you're in hospital. Contact us to find out more.

If you’re an inpatient in a UK hospital

Some or all of your Income Support payment will stop after four weeks. Tell us as soon as you know that you need to be in hospital. 

If you’re an outpatient in a UK hospital

If you need to meet your living costs in the UK, your Income Support payment may be reduced after four weeks. Tell us as soon as you know that you need to attend a UK outpatient clinic. 

If a child needs UK medical treatment

One parent can accompany the child to travel to the UK. If the child is in hospital for more than four weeks, your Income Support payment may be reduced.

If you’re travelling with an ill person or someone over 75

If you’re travelling to the UK to support someone who is over 75, or someone that the hospital has confirmed needs you to travel with them, your Income Support payment may be reduced after four weeks. Tell us as soon as you know your arrangements.

If you don't tell us that you'll be in the UK

If you know you’ll be in the UK for more than four weeks and you don’t tell us, you may be overpaid Income Support which you will need to repay. Always check with us before you leave Jersey. 

 

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