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Presciption exemption for a 19 year old still in Education

Char63Char63 Member Posts: 7 Listener

My daughter has just started her last year in education 19/8/19; she will be 19 in October. I am on income based ESA, and also I receive child tax credits for her as she will be in education till July 2020.


I am confused as to her free prescription status as to when she turns 19, I spoke to H.M Tax Office over the phone and they said that she is named on my ESA income related claim, so is there anything else I need to do. Do I need any form of evidence to show chemists, dentists etc

Thank you all for reading and replying in advance


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    HMRC's advice is not correct. Your daughter isn't named on your ESA claim, this is your benefit, in your name only.

    As your daughter is still in non advanced education and you still receive tax credits for her, until her 20th birthday then she'll be entitled to claim free prescriptions. Once she reaches her 20th birthday, even if this is before her education ends then your benefits for her will stop and so will her free prescriptions. This applies if you live in England.

    If you live in Wales or Scotland then she will receive free prescriptions even when your tax credits ends. See link.

    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.
  • Char63Char63 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thank you so much Poppy, I may have got it muddled as to ESA or CTC with HMRC advice, its been one of those days, but thanks for the link I am assuming I need to get proof of the tax exemption cert, why is everything so complicated these days 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Char63,

    Just for future reference, anyone is able to buy a prescription prepayment certificate which can save a lot of money if your daughter needs more than one prescription a month.
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