Prisoners and anyone on remand may have their benefit entitlements stopped or discontinued. As a rule, your entitlement to benefit stops if you go to prison.
BENEFITS THAT STOP OR SUSPENDED AFTER JAIL OR PRISON:
Generally, you may continue claiming for other benefits if your partner or child goes to prison.
You cannot continue to claim for these benefit entitlements while you are on remand;
You can make a request in writing for any benefit arrears you are owed at the time you are sent to prison or on remand and they will be paid to someone else.
You can get benefit arrears for Contributory Employment and Support Allowance, and Incapacity Benefit if you are not convicted.
If you claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit you may be entitled to up to a year’s arrears whenever you are released from prison.
You can put in new claims from any benefits you are entitled to as soon as you leave prison. You may also receive other financial and practical support. However, you cannot claim for the Job Seeker’s Allowance if you are released on temporary licence (ROTL).
Prison and Benefits Stop or Suspended; UK Rules Updated 2017