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Universal credit

Universal credit (UC) is a new benefit that will simplify the benefit system by bringing together the current working age benefits for those in and out of work into a single payment system.

Universal credit will be introduced in four pathfinder areas in April 2013. Anyone receiving universal credit from 29 April to end of October 2013 will qualify for:

·  Free NHS prescriptions

·  Free NHS dental treatment

·  Free wigs and fabric supports

·  Free sight test

·  Access to optical vouchers to help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses,

· Help with the costs of travel to an NHS appointment on referral by a primary care practitioner (eg doctor, dentist or optician).

For more information about universal credit and how to claim help with the health costs described above go to: www.nhs.uk/uc-healthcosts