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

Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit that will bring together the current working age benefits for those in and out of work into a single payment system. UC will initially be introduced in four pathfinder areas: Oldham, Tameside, Warrington and Wigan.

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. You should tick the box for Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and show your UC award notice as evidence of entitlement. At the moment this only applies to those in the pathfinder areas between 29 April and 31 October 2014. Further information will be issued next year.

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, 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.