People in receipt of benefits

 

 

 

If you or your partner are in receipt of:

Income Support

You and your partner get free:

  • NHS prescriptions
  • NHS dental treatment
  • NHS sight tests
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports

You and you partner also get:

  • help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses
  • refunds of necessary travel costs to receive NHS treatment.

This also applies to any dependent children, or young people under 20, included in your Income Support claim.

Universal Credit

The Department for Work & Pensions are introducing Universal Credit (UC) - a single system of means-tested support for working-age people in and out of work. This will replace some existing means-tested benefits, including income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.

During the early stages of UC, all those getting UC were automatically entitled to help with health costs, but now that numbers are increasing, revised arrangments have been put in place.

From 1 November 2015, in order to be entitled to full help with your health costs because you are receiving UC and you live in England or Scotland you must be:

  • (a) receiving UC, either as a single person or as a member of a couple, without the child element, the limited capability for work element or the limited capability for work or work related activity element and have no earned income or have earned income of £435.00 or less in the assessment period; 
  • (b) receiving UC, either as a single person or as a member of a couple, where the UC award includes one or more of the child element, the limited capability for work element or the limited capability for work or work related activity element and have no earned income or have earned income of £935.00 or less in the assessment period; or
  • (c) a child or qualifying young person for whom a recipient referred to in sub-paragraph (b) is responsible.

If you claim UC as a couple, the earnings limit is an individual not combined limit. If any member of the couple is above the limit, that member of the couple will not qualify.

Your assessment period will run for a calendar month from the date of your claim for UC (which will be shown on your award notice), and between the same date each month after that.

The criteria above do not apply if you live in Wales. You will still be entitled to full help with your health costs if you receive and award of UC until 31 March 2016.

You should tick the box for Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and show your UC award notice as evidence of entitlement. Further information will be issued in 2016.

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

    You, your partner and any dependent children, or young people under 20, included in your claim are entitled to the same things as people getting Income Support.

    Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

    Important: On its own, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance does not automatically entitle you to help with health costs.  You may be eligible on other grounds, such as through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

    If you are not sure about the type of  Jobseeker’s Allowance you are getting, ask at your Jobcentre Plus office.

    Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

    You, your partner and any dependent children, or young people under 20, included in your claim are entitled to the same things as people getting Income Support.

    Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

    Important: On its own, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance does not automatically entitle you to help with health costs.  You may be eligible on other grounds, such as through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

    If you are not sure about the type of Employment and Support Allowance you are getting, ask at your Jobcentre Plus office.

    Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

    If you or your partner gets:

    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit;  or
    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit

    you are entitled to the same help with health costs as people getting Income Support.

    Important: If you only get Pension Credit Savings Credit on its own, this does not entitle you to help with health costs.  You may be eligible on other grounds, such as through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

    How to check if you are getting Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

    Only your award notice tells you what type of Pension Credit you get.  This is shown at item 5 on the page entitled ‘How your Pension Credit has been worked out’.  If you have not received an award notice, or have mislaid it, you should ring the Pension Centre on 0845 606 0265 and ask for a copy.

    Other benefits

    Only Income Support, Universal Credit (in certain circumstances - see above), Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit give you automatic help with health costs.

    Important: Other benefits, such as Incapacity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, do not entitle you to help with health costs.  This is because they are not income related.  If you have to pay health costs, check to see if you are in any of the other groups. You might be able to get help if you are on a low income.