Universal Credit and free prescriptions

On September 21st, Universal Credit rolled out across Stockport and will impact tens of thousands of people in the area.

Everyone, at some point, will need a prescription and like with the old style benefits, if you receive Universal Credit, could be entitled to free prescriptions — but you need to check.

Are you entitled to free prescriptions?

Firstly, you will notice that most prescriptions haven’t get got an option for Universal Credit. As well as this, UC includes people on a wide range of incomes and capabilities.

The answer is that you get free prescriptions if:

a) you receive Universal Credit and either had no earnings or had net earnings of £435 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period


b) you receive Universal Credit, which includes an element for a child, or you (or your partner) had limited capability for work (LCW) or limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA), and you either had no earnings or net earnings of £935 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period.

What evidence do you need to provide?

Your Universal Credit statement can be shown as evidence to receive free NHS prescriptions if you meet the above criteria. It is your responsibility to check your entitlement before signing any declaration to claim free NHS prescriptions.

If the prescription you are signing does not have an option for Universal Credit, you should tick the box for income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

More information can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website | Free NHS prescriptions.

Need more help?

If you need more information or advice on this matter, you can contact us by email, telephone or drop into one of our local digital hubs. More information on these can be found on our website.