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Your Carer's Allowance will continue to be paid if you go on holiday for up to four weeks in any 26-week period, or up to 12 weeks if you go into hospital.
However, Carer's Allowance may stop sooner if you have already been on a holiday and then need to go to hospital.
You can still make the claim for Carer's Allowance, but should think carefully about the implications before you do.
Getting Carer's Allowance can mean you're entitled to, or can get more, top-up benefits.
For more information, see Going into hospital or the Age UK leaflet on going into hospital (PDF, 2Mb).
If the person you look after goes into a hospital or care home, it can affect their PIP, DLA or AA claim as well as your Carer's Allowance.
You can ask for a discretionary payment if you lose money because of a delay in payment of benefit.
However, in extreme cases you may be able to get legal help to challenge the decision in court.
If the person you're looking after goes into hospital and their PIP, DLA or AA has not stopped, you'll continue receiving Carer's Allowance for up to 12 weeks while they're in hospital.
During these 12 weeks, you don't have to provide any care.
You can also ask for a "consolatory" payment if you feel the delays or errors have caused you gross inconvenience, the DWP has embarrassed or humiliated you, or the distress the DWP has caused has affected your physical or mental health.
Benefit payments can be suspended if you haven't provided further information to the DWP when asked, if it is still making a decision, or if it is investigating an overpayment.