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Struggling Britons eligible for free prescriptions and more: Low Income scheme explained

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The Low Income Scheme can help with a range of costs from prescriptions to sight tests, transport and wigs. Pensioners, students, employees and benefit recipients could all be eligible for the scheme if their capital and savings is below a certain threshold. 

The NHS Low Income Scheme provides proportional support for Britons depending on their income levels. 

The scheme can help cover the costs of:

  • NHS prescriptions
  • NHS dental treatment
  • Sight tests
  • Glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Travel costs to receive NHS treatment
  • NHS wigs
  • NHS fabric supports.

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Eligibility for the scheme and how much support people will get depends on how their income relates to their outgoings.

Savings and investments are included in this amount, however Britons that find they are eligible for the scheme but have been paying the full costs themselves could also get a refund.

Additionally, if one person qualifies for this support so will their partner. 

An online application is being trialled for the scheme, which some of the eligible Britons will be able to use.

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This includes people who receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit.

Universal Credit claimants qualify if, in their last assessment period, they earned £435 or less, or £935 or less if they have a child element or limited capability for work. 

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