Not all benefits entitle you to free prescriptions; only those in receipt of the benefits (or combinations of benefits) listed below are eligible.
The NHS will cover the cost of your prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you are included in the award of:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance paid on its own or with contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance paid on its own or with contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) paid on its own or with Pension Credit (Savings Credit)
- Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit including a disability element or Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit paid together. Your family income (used to work out your tax credits) must also be £15,276 or less. You will normally be sent an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate (please see below).
You can use an entitlement letter, award notice or most recent Universal Credit statement from either the Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, Jobcentre Plus or Pension Service as evidence.