HC Deb 22 May 1978 vol 950 c387W
Mr. Cronin

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what deductions are made from retirement pensioners' pensions when they are admitted to hospital.

Mr. Orme

The following table sets out the deductions from the standard weekly rate of retirement pension (£17.50).

Period Pensioner with a dependant Pensioner without a dependant
£ £
After 8 weeks in hospital 3.50 7.00
After 52 weeks in hospital 3.50* 14.00†
* Amount deducted from £17.50. The remaining £14 personal benefit can, if the pensioner agrees, be paid to a dependant. In the absence of agreement, the deduction is £14 (as for a pensioner without a dependant) but a £7 "re-settlement benefit" accumulates for 52 weeks.
† A £7 "resettlement benefit" accumulates for 52 weeks.

There are special rules, for example if both husband and wife are in hospital or if a retirement pensioner who has been in hospital for two years has a dependant.