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TOPIC: Learning disabled and prescription charges

Learning disabled and prescription charges 1 month 4 days ago #197218

Hi,
My sister who is severely learning disabled (with high cholesterol which she's on medication for , a special cream for a skin condition, and severely partially sighted) and has never worked (or will) always received free NHS prescriptions.

Since having to move form DLA to ESA in March 17, she is now being charged for all her prescriptions and treatments. Can she appeal? She receives Basic standard rate , plus is in the Support Group. She also is on the enhanced rate for PIP but I guess this has no impact. Seems terribly unfair.

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Learning disabled and prescription charges 1 month 4 days ago #197223

E M

She won't have been moved from DLA to ESA.

If she was eligible for free prescriptions on her old benefit then I would expect her to be now, especially if she is in the Support Group, are you sure that she is not receiving Income Related ESA at least in part.

If she is definitely not receiving ESA(IR) then she still may be eligible. ESA(IR) is dependant on your household income, your savings and assets, and any hours that your partner works. See

Asset rule for ESA(IR)

24 hour work rule for ESA(IR)

She may also qualify due to low income, see

www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx

this also includes details of a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.

Gordon

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Learning disabled and prescription charges 1 month 4 days ago #197228

Thanks for this. Her ESA payment is based on her NI contribution. Is this because since Sept 2013 she has received a small portion of our late father's pension every 2 months? Is this regarded as income?

My mother has saved on her behalf (an account which has built up over the years sums from a portion of my sisters benefits) count against her receiving free prescriptions?

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Learning disabled and prescription charges 1 month 4 days ago #197229

E M wrote: Thanks for this. Her ESA payment is based on her NI contribution. Is this because since Sept 2013 she has received a small portion of our late father's pension every 2 months? Is this regarded as income?

My mother has saved on her behalf (an account which has built up over the years sums from a portion of my sisters benefits) count against her receiving free prescriptions?


The pension would certainly count against any ESA(IR) entitlement £ for £, the savings can also have an effect if they are in excess of £6000.

Gordon
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