Changes required to the passporting of individuals to Help with Health Costs as a result of the introduction of Universal Credit

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Consultation opened on 25 July 2017. Closing date 19 September 2017 at 17:00.

Summary

The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on Proposed Changes to Eligibility Criteria for exemption from dental and ophthalmic costs and the remission of costs for travelling to and from hospital on referral following the introduction of Universal Credit.

The consultation period will run from Monday 24th July 2017 until 5pm on Monday 18 September 2017 inclusive. Please note that responses received after the deadline cannot be considered

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Consultation description

The Department’s primary aim is to ensure that those most in need are able to access exemption from dental and ophthalmic costs and the remission of costs for travelling to and from hospital on referral following the introduction of Universal Credit.

The Department is proposing to introduce an additional criterion to the Help with Health Costs Scheme based on receipt of Universal Credit and with an associated earnings threshold.

This consultation process is seeking views on the proposed additional eligibility criterion with the aim of ensuring those most in need receive this very important benefit. Until changes to the eligibility criteria are introduced, those receiving Universal Credit can continue to receive support through the Low Income Scheme.

This new criterion will eventually replace five existing welfare benefit based criteria. The five benefits will be phased out and replaced by Universal Credit by March 2022.

Your views are sought on the questions set out in the response document provided.

If you require an alternative format please contact us.

 

Ways to respond

Email -
gdoscorrespondence@health-ni.gov.uk
Write to -
General Dental and Ophthalmic Services Branch
Department of Health
Room D3, Castle Buildings
Stormont
Belfast
BT4 3SQ

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