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Are You Entitled to Free Wigs and Fabric Supports? NHS Help with Health Costs

Are You Entitled to Free Wigs and Fabric Supports? NHS Help with Health Costs

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Wigs and fabric supports

NHS wigs and fabric supports supplied through a hospital are free if you live in Scotland or Wales. The current charges in England are:

stock modacrylic wig: £71.25

partial wig – human hair: £188.70

full made-to-order wig: human hair £275.95

abdominal support: £43.60

spinal support: £43.60

surgical brassiere: £28.85

Certain groups do not have to pay these charges.

Age

You’re entitled to free NHS wigs and fabric supports if you are:

under 16

under 19 and in full time education

Benefits

Income-based benefits

You are automatically entitled to free NHS wigs and fabric supports if you’re included in award for:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

If you’re getting one of these benefits, your partner and any dependent young people under 20 are also entitled to free NHS wigs and fabric supports.

You are also entitled to:

free NHS prescriptions

free NHS sight tests

free NHS dental treatment

help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses

refunds of necessary travel costs to receive NHS treatment

Use your award notice as proof that you’re entitled.

Contribution-based benefits

If you’re receiving contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, you are not automatically entitled to free NHS wigs and fabric supports. However, you could apply for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Pension Credits

You’re entitled to free NHS wigs and fabric supports if you or your partner gets:

Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or

Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit.

You’re also entitled to:

free NHS prescriptions

free NHS sight tests

free NHS dental treatment

help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses

refunds of necessary travel costs to receive NHS treatment

If you get Pension Credit Savings Credit on its own, you are not automatically entitled to free NHS dental treatment. However, you could apply for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Universal Credit

If you’re getting Universal Credit, your entitlement to free NHS wigs and fabric supports depends on your earnings for the most recent assessment period. You’re entitled if your earnings during that period were:

£435 or less

£935 or less if your Universal Credit includes an element for either:

a child

limited capability for work

‘Most recent assessment period’ means the assessment period that ended immediately before the date you claim free NHS prescriptions. It runs for a calendar month.

If you claim Universal Credit as a couple, the earnings limit applies to the joint income of you and your partner.

If you meet these conditions, you’re also entitled to:

free NHS prescriptions

free NHS sight tests

free NHS dental treatment

help with the cost of glasses or contact lenses

refunds of necessary travel costs to receive NHS treatment

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