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Hello Everyone,

 

I am looking for some advice for my friend she just had her medical, she was on IB and has been put on Contribution-based ESA work group activity. She was paying money every month for her medications 'NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate' we would like to know does she still have to pay for the NHS prescription certificate or has her circumstances changed that she no longer have to pay for the certificate because she is now on ESA work group activity?

 

Any reply would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance

 

helen

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If she's been on ESA for less than a year, (contributions for WRAG run out after 365 days) then she won't be automatically entitled to free prescriptions.

 

However, if she gets a HC1 form from the job centre, she may get help with free prescriptions due to being on a low income.

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If she's been on ESA for less than a year, (contributions for WEAG run out after 365 days) then she won't be automatically entitled to free prescriptions.

 

However, if she gets a HC1 form from the job centre, she may get help with free prescriptions due to being on a low income.

 

Thanks very much for the prompt reply we thought she might still have to pay but was not 100% sure.

 

helen :)

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this is one of the worst anomalies of the benefit system...if you claim IS you dont have to pay for prescriptions, however, if you are ill, sick and disabled and claiming IB or ESA you have to pay!!! it must make sense to someone it certainly makes no sense to me

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this is one of the worst anomalies of the benefit system...if you claim IS you dont have to pay for prescriptions, however, if you are ill, sick and disabled and claiming IB or ESA you have to pay!!! it must make sense to someone it certainly makes no sense to me

 

You don't have to pay - you just have to complete an additional form.


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this is one of the worst anomalies of the benefit system...if you claim IS you dont have to pay for prescriptions, however, if you are ill, sick and disabled and claiming IB or ESA you have to pay!!! it must make sense to someone it certainly makes no sense to me

 

IB is more then IS plus the disability premium. Under IB, you can have a working partner and thousands in the bank - you can't have that on IS.

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but if you are taken umpteen different tablets and prescriptions every week then apart from getting a season ticket this can be extremely expensive for someone who is sick....under IB you can have a working partner, but not under ESA where the rules are totally different...esa cont only for a year, and if you are still sick and have a working partner you will literally get nothing

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but if you are taken umpteen different tablets and prescriptions every week then apart from getting a season ticket this can be extremely expensive for someone who is sick....under IB you can have a working partner, but not under ESA where the rules are totally different...esa cont only for a year, and if you are still sick and have a working partner you will literally get nothing

 

If on a low income, you fill in a form and can get free prescriptions if your income is low enough. You can also get exemption via working tax credit - we have this.


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