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I'm on UC LCWRA, and my partner gets CE and CA. DO we need to pay for prescriptions and dental work?

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hello20
hello20 Community member Posts: 98 Connected
edited January 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hello
may i ask im on uc get lwrca an partner gets career element  an careers allowance thats deducted in uc do we need pay for medication an dental treatments

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome according to the internet if you are on UC and your payment is less than £435 you can get free prescription 

    This is only what I have read on internet tho some others may have more knowledge 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2021
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    janer1967 said:
    Hi and welcome according to the internet if you are on UC and your payment is less than £435 you can get free prescription 
    You have misunderstood what you read. Someone on UC is entitled to free prescriptions etc if their earned income is below a threshold in the most recent assessment period. The threshold is either £435 or £935 per month. It is not the UC amount that matters. The higher amount applies if LCWRA or a child is included in the award. If no one is in employment these thresholds are not relevant anyway.

    Unfortunately however these rules do cause problems because claimants with variable income may qualify for free prescriptions in some months but not other which is both very unsatisfactory and can give rise to incorrect claims.

    The rules are explained here https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/help-nhs-prescription-costs/free-nhs-prescriptions/hwhc-universal-credit
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    @calcotti thanks again for clarifying and correcting my post 

    I think I will leave the benefits queries alone from now on 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2021
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    janer1967 said:
    @calcotti thanks again for clarifying and correcting my post 

    I think I will leave the benefits queries alone from now on 
    You've posted very useful things on other threads The advantage of a forum is that hopefully errors get spotted and corrected by others. I am certainly not immune to mistakes myself. 
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,176 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @hello20 - I'm pleased that you have received helpful advice on this from @calcotti , which is confirmed here also: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/help-with-health-costs/help-with-health-costs-for-people-getting-universal-credit/

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    @calcotti I agree to a certain extent but the main point is that members get to correct advice and I dont want to cause any confusion 
  • hello20
    hello20 Community member Posts: 98 Connected
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    Thank you so much
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