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Document Am I entitled to free NHS dental treatment if I am in receipt of Universal Credit?

Being named on or in receipt of Universal Credit can entitle you to free NHS dental treatment in certain circumstances, however will depend on where and when the costs are being incurred.
 
More information can be found below. Further guidance regarding all benefits is available on the GOV.UK website.

 
Costs incurred in England on or after 1 December 2016 and in Scotland/Wales on or after 1 April 2017
 
To be entitled to claim free NHS dental treatment you must be receiving Universal Credit, either as a single person or as a member of a couple, and
  1. for the last complete assessment period* you and your partner (if you have one) had either no earnings or net earnings** of £435.00 or less. Or;
     
  2. for the last complete assessment period* you and your partner (if you have one) had either no earnings or net earnings** of £935.00 or less, and had a child element included in your award or had limited capability for work
You would also be entitled if you are a dependent child or qualifying young person of someone who meets the above criteria in paragraph (b).

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

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

You are making a declaration of entitlement based on your last complete Universal Credit assessment period. You cannot claim free NHS dental treatment if you do not meet the qualifying criteria, regardless of whether you expect to meet this criteria at the end of your current assessment period. You should pay and then claim a refund if you meet the qualifying criteria once your current assessment period has finished.
 
*Your assessment period will run for a calendar month from the date of your claim for Universal Credit (this will be on your statement), and between the same dates each month after that.
 
**Your net earnings are referred to as ‘Take-home pay’ on your Universal Credit statement.

 
 
Costs incurred in England prior to 1 December 2016 and in Scotland prior to 1 April 2017
 
To be entitled to claim free NHS dental treatment you must be receiving Universal Credit, either as a single person or as a member of a couple, and
  1. during the assessment period* your costs are incurred, you had either no earnings or net earnings** of £435.00 or less. Or;
     
  2. during the assessment period* your costs are incurred, you had either no earnings or net earnings** of £935.00 or less, and had one or more of the additional elements*** included in your award
You would also be entitled if you are a dependent child or qualifying young person of someone who meets the above criteria in paragraph (b).
 
If you claim Universal Credit as a couple, the earning limits are per individual and not a combined limit. If one person in a couple has earned less than the limit, that person will qualify, however the other person would not if they had earned over the limit.

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

If the declaration form you are signing does not have an option for Universal Credit, you should tick the box for income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
 
* Your assessment period will run for a calendar month from the date of your claim for Universal Credit (this will be on your statement), and between the same dates each month after that.
 
** Your net earnings are referred to as ‘Take-home pay’ on your Universal Credit statement.
 
*** Additional elements are the:
  • Child element
     
  • Limited capability for work element (LCW)
     
  • Limited capability for work or work related activity element (LCWRA)
 
Costs incurred in Wales prior to 1 April 2017
 
You are entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you are named on or in receipt of Universal Credit. However, additional criteria must be met if you costs are incurred on or after 1 April 2017.
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