Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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Hello everyone I have a question if I may ........

I am trying to work out if I am entitled to free NHS and dental on my ESA. 
The latest letter I have refers to income related and doesn’t mention the other. I’m in the support group and getting a total of £128.45 a week. 
It is so confusing to work out 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope and i'm here to help and advise others.

    I can confirm that the amount above tells me that you are indeed claiming Income Related ESA and this will entitle you to claim free NHS dental/prescriptions and eye tests.
    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.
  • looney8780looney8780 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Poppy, 
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply and clarify. I tried googling so many different things, a lot said that as I was support group I was contributing and just sent my head spinning.
    if that is the case then I shall happily find a dentist as I can’t afford one otherwise 

    Thank you again 
  • looney8780looney8780 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Oh sorry,
    Do I need to get anything to evidence this? 
    I’m on regular meds too and currently paying for the pre payment certificate monthly. Can I just cancel this? 
    I’ve been paying out for ages when I didn’t need to. 🤦‍♀️
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome,

    Googling this information really wouldn't tell you any answers unless you know exactly what you're looking for.

    For the prescriptions, yes you can cancel the pre payment certificate and you will need to tick box H ( i think) for Income Related ESA on the back of the prescription.

    Sometimes the dental surgery may ask you for proof of benefits, if they do then just take your award letter and they will see from that what exactly you're claiming.

    Just so you know you're in the Support Group, with at least an Income Related top up because Contributions based is £111.65 per week.
    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.
  • looney8780looney8780 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Brilliant. Thank you so much that’s really helpful 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome.
    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.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @looney8780! I'm glad Poppy was able to help here. :)
    Scope

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