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ESA tribunal and prescriptions.

BenjaminS9BenjaminS9 Member Posts: 11 Listener
Good morning, 

I first and foremost apologise if this is in the wrong forum, I joined a week or so ago as I have got a date for my tribunal, despite being told I'd have to wait until March (mini victory there!) I'm off to the doctors this morning regarding a heap of issues and to get a letter of support from my GP. However due to some of the ongoing health issues I have a feeling I'll be prescribed something for the pain. 

I have previously argued against the DWP's decision for stopping my last claim and as such I'm not entitled to any money to get me by, with this being the case do I still have to pay for my prescriptions or can I still receive them for free?

Many thanks,


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    As you're only receiving N.I credits towards your state pension then unfortunately, this doesn't entitle you to free prescriptions or dental etc. You can of course apply for the NHS low income scheme by filling out a form but this won't help with any prescriptions you have today, if you live in England. See link for low income scheme. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/nhs-low-income-scheme-lis/

    If you live in Wales then that's a different story.

    As for your Tribunal they will only take into consideration how you were when the decision made on this claim, any worsening of condition after that time doesn't apply. Good luck.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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