• NHS Prescriptions and Universal Credit
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    NHS Prescriptions and Universal Credit

    If you live in the UK and claim Universal Credit, you may be entitled to help with your health costs and this can include free NHS prescriptions. To qualify, you’ll need to be claiming Universal Credit and have earned less than £435 in your last assessment period either on your own or claiming as a couple, or earned less than £935 if you are looking after a child, or you or your partner has limited capability for work. Currently, as NHS prescriptions do not have a tick box on to say you are exempt from paying because you receive Universal Credit, you must tick the Income Based Jobseekers Allowance box…

  • Universal Credit and managing your money
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    Universal Credit and managing your money

    Benefits are changing. The new benefit called Universal Credit will mean that instead of getting money every week or every fortnight, you will get one monthly payment. If you receive help towards your rent this will be included in the monthly payment and not paid directly to the landlord, as is at the moment. All this means that you have to be extra careful about how you spend your money “Hi, how are you?” “I’m great! “I’ve just got my universal credit. It’s really cool. “I’ve got loads of money.” “Hundreds of pounds.” “I’ve never had so much at one time.” “A holiday would be great. “But I think maybe…

  • DWP: What is Universal Credit?
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    DWP: What is Universal Credit?

    Universal Credit is a new service that helps ensure you are better off in work than you are on benefits. It’s for people who are out of work or on a low income and is designed to make work pay. It replaces 6 benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance, tax credits and Housing Benefit, with one single monthly payment. Universal Credit is usually claimed online. Your jobcentre can tell you about local places where you can access the internet for free. Universal Credit tops up your earnings when you start work or increase your hours. Your payment reduces gradually as you earn more, so you won’t lose all your benefits at once.…

  • Child Poverty In Fife | Just Surviving: A Decade Of Austerity In Scotland
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    Child Poverty In Fife | Just Surviving: A Decade Of Austerity In Scotland

    (Gentle piano and rain sounds) – It’s always on your mind. It’s always on your mind. I struggle with sleeping, general anxiety as well. I mean I find myself saying to my ten year old all the time. Are these trainers all right? You’re not getting picked on at school or anything? And just trying to quiz them for things that, I don’t want him to get picked on about and that’s always on your mind, it always in your head eh? (sustained distorted piano chord)(staccato white noise) – The age of irresponsibility, is giving way to an age of austerity. – They’re all good at shouting about that, shouting…