Do I qualify for free prescriptions

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LT68
LT68 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
edited October 2021 in Benefits and income
Hi all, I’ve just started receiving Carer’s allowance £264.20 and Universal credit £191.34 each month,  am I also,entitled to free prescriptions or do I need to pay, thanks 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    Hi and welcome,

    You qualify if, on the date you claim help with health costs:

    a) you receive Universal Credit and either had no earnings or had net earnings of £435 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period

    or

    b) you receive Universal Credit, which includes an element for a child, or you (or your partner) had limited capability for work (LCW) or limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA), and you either had no earnings or net earnings of £935 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period

    Note: If you're part of a couple, the net earning threshold applies to your combined net earnings.

    You should present a copy of your Universal Credit award notice to prove your entitlement. You'll need to have met the eligibility criteria in the last completed Universal Credit assessment period before your health costs arose.


    See link for confirmation. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/help-with-health-costs-for-people-getting-universal-credit/



  • LT68
    LT68 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    Thanks Poppy, I read that and still don’t understand If I pay for prescriptions or not.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,581 Championing
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    Welcome to the community @LT68

    If you are unsure, you can ring 0300 330 1343 and they should be able to let you know if you are eligible or not. :) 
    Scope

  • LT68
    LT68 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    Ok thank you Chloe
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    It will depend on your circumstances during your UC assessment period in which you claim the prescription in.

    Do you work at all? if you don't and you don't receive any earnings at all during your assessment period then you will qualify for free prescriptions. Any month that you have earnings of more than £435 then you won't be entitled to free prescriptions.

    This applies if you don't have any dependent children on your UC claim. If you have dependent children on your claim then the earnings allowed will be £935 per assessment period.
  • LT68
    LT68 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    I don’t work, I care for my dad.  I only get universal credit and Carer’s allowance.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    Then you will qualify for free prescriptions.
  • LT68
    LT68 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    Thank you Poppy
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    You're welcome.