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Document Am I entitled to free NHS prescriptions if I or my partner are not currently receiving payment of a qualifying benefit?

Whether or not you’re entitled to free NHS prescriptions during a period of non-payment for your qualifying benefit will depend on the reason why your benefit is not being paid.
 
Sanctioned
 
If you’re not receiving payments due to a sanction of your Income Based JSA, Income Related ESA, Income Support, or Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit, you will not be entitled to free NHS prescriptions during the period of the sanction.
 
However, you will remain entitled during a period of sanctioning of Universal Credit payments, as long as you would be receiving payment if it was not for the sanction only. For example, if you’re entitled to an amount of money after all the standard assessment deductions, however, have been sanctioned that full amount for the assessment period, you will remain entitled to free NHS prescriptions.
 
Underlying entitlement
 
If you only have an underlying entitlement to a qualifying benefit, for example due to also being entitled to a different, higher value benefit, you’re not entitled to free NHS prescriptions.
 
Reduced due to overpayment
 
If you’re entitled to receive payment of a qualifying benefit, but an earlier overpayment is currently being recovered from you reducing your payments, you can continue to claim free NHS prescriptions.

Awarded nil
 
If you haven’t been awarded any payments based on your benefit assessment, you’re not entitled to free NHS prescriptions during the period your award is nil. This is regardless of whether National Insurance (NI) contributions are being paid on your behalf.



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