HC Deb 03 April 1979 vol 965 c572W
61. Mr. Clemitson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the operation of the rules whereby pensions and other benefits are reduced if the recipient is in hospital for more than eight weeks.

Mr. Deakins

Benefits such as sickness, invalidity and injury benefits, as well as retirement and widow's pension are reduced, after eight weeks in hospital, by £7.80 a week, or by £3.90 if the recipient has a dependant.

After 52 weeks, additional deductions may be made if the recipient has no dependants, although these may accrue for a further 12 months as a resettlement sum payable on discharge.