Hoping for someone on here to help me navigate an unfamiliar bit of the benefits system. My partner is currently in hospital recovering from emergency surgery to remove his whole lower intestine. He became ill quite suddenly a couple of months ago with ulcerative colitis (we didn't know he had it until he was diagnosed after being admitted to hospital at the beginning of June). He's now got an ileostomy. He's been signed off work since the 9th of June and is unlikely to be able to go back for a couple months at the earliest. His company sick pay has just run out and he's now getting just SSP. Where do we start with trying to get some financial help for this situation? His SSP doesn't even cover his half of the rent. Might we get Housing Benefit? Does an ileostomy count as a disability for DLA/PIP purposes? All advice gratefully received. I'm pretty exhausted by keeping everything together for the last 6 weeks or so and endless hospital visits but I'm aware I need to start finding out about this in time for him getting out of hospital (who knows when that'll happen...).