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A New Patient Exemption On Prescriptions - Universal Credit

Friday, 5th Apr, 2013

As part of the government’s changes to the benefit system, Universal Credit is a new benefit being introduced in April 2013. Those receiving this benefit will be eligible for free prescriptions.


Universal Credit will be rolled out in only a few areas for the moment and as such the prescription form itself will not change for the time being. Patients who are able to produce a valid Universal Credit award letter bearing their name (either as the recipient or because they are a partner or child of the recipient), should sign to declare their exemption and will need to tick the box for “income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance”.


The areas where Universal Credit will be trialled are as follows:
Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside (April 2013) Oldham (now July 2013) Warrington (now July 2013) Wigan (now July 2013)


As patients can get their prescriptions dispensed from any NHS community pharmacy in the country, pharmacies outside of these areas should also be aware. A decision will be made by October 2013 concerning the roll-out of this benefit to other areas.