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Universal credit free prescription trial downsized

By News team

The Department of Health has downsized the scope of its planned April trial of free prescriptions for benefit claimants under the Government’s new universal credit scheme.

Now only eligible claimants in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, can make use of the scheme from April 2013, with the other three areas originally included in the trial — Wigan, Warrington and Oldham — not operating universal credit until July 2013.

This narrow roll-out means the prescription form itself will not change for the time being, but patients with a valid universal credit award letter bearing their name (either as the recipient or because they are a partner or child of the recipient) need to tick the box for "income-based jobseeker’s allowance".

The DoH says it will decide on the roll-out of this benefit to other areas by October 2013.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical JournalURI: 11119601

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