Prisoners and benefits

Last updated: 17 July 2017

Most social security benefits are affected if you are in prison. This factsheet outlines the main issues that come up if you are remanded in custody or if you are serving a prison sentence. It also provides some information on what happens to benefits if you get a community-based sentence, and what should happen when you are released from prison.

For information about universal credit and imprisonment, please see our factsheet Prisoners and universal credit.