Can I get free prescriptions if I’m on Employment and Support Allowance?

If you qualify for income-related ESA, you automatically qualify for free prescriptions.

If you qualify for contribution based ESA, you might qualify for free prescriptions. There are a number of different ways of qualifying:

  • Your family income is low enough.
  • You are over 60 or over.
  • You are under 19 and in full time education.
  • You suffer from one of a number of prescribed diseases.
  • You are unable to leave home without the assistance of another person.

Note the rules are different, and more generous, in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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