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If you get Universal Credit, what you are entitled to depends on your earnings in the relevant assessment period.

If you and your partner (if you have one) had a combined 'take-home pay' of:

  • £435 or less

  • £935 or less if you get an element for a child or have limited capability for work
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You get:

  • free NHS prescriptions

  • free NHS dental treatment

  • free NHS sight tests

  • free NHS wigs and fabric supports

  • help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses

  • help towards travel costs to receive NHS treatment
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Any dependants aged 19 and under who are included in your award also get the same help.

Your ‘assessment period’ runs for a calendar month from the date your Universal Credit started. You can find this date on your Universal Credit statement.

If you are unsure about your entitlement or expect to be entitled in future, you should pay for your health costs. You can claim a refund if you meet the qualifying criteria in the following assessment period.

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.