Ailment Scheme is a NHS service
for people, including children, who
don't pay prescription charges. If you normally pay for your prescriptions you will need to pay for this service too.
It helps people with minor health conditions to access medicines and advice they might otherwise obtain from their doctor through their local pharmacy.
This means that patients don't have to wait for a GP appointment or queue up at A and E for a non urgent condition.
It is only offered by certain pharmacies in England and Wales. You will also need to be registered with a GP taking part in the Minor Ailments Service
Illnesses supported by the scheme include:
Back ache, sprains and strains, haemorrhoids, minor fungal infections of the skin, colds, hay fever, mouth ulcers, conjunctivitis, head lice, nappy rash, constipation, headache and fever sore throat, coughs, heartburn and indigestion, teething, diarrhoea, insect bites and stings, threadworm, earache, mild eczema and dermatitis and thrush.
This video from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society explains the scheme:
People who have a listed medical condition
can obtain free prescriptions. This includes cancer, diabetes,
epilepsy and a continuing physical disability that requires support of
another person outside the home.
Free eye tests are available to the registered blind and partially sighted, individuals with diabetes and glaucoma.
Those on low income may also qualify for free prescriptions and eye tests.
It can sometimes be beneficial to purchase a
Prescription Prepayment Certificate. This works like a season ticket for
prescriptions. Once purchased the certificate will cover the
prescription costs for the period of the card.
Get Online @ Home is an initiative run by a number of computer suppliers to provide affordable and easy to use refurbished computers.
Desktops and Laptops are available at discounted prices starting from
£95 for people receiving certain benefits and charities. This includes
Disability Living Allowance and the Disability element of Working Tax
The computers are ready to use. In addition to the built in Windows 7
accessibility software they have also included other accessibility
My Study Bar - for students with dyslexia
NVDA - a free screen reader for blind or visually impaired people
MyVisBar - a floating toolbar for those with visual difficulties
Yadabyte Subtext - provides easy shortcuts to frequently typed words, text and phrases
Dwell Clicker - to allows mouse use without pressing buttons
Purchases are made on-line or on the telephone: 03719 100 100.
Included with the package is free telephone support to help you set up your computer for the first 30 days.
Free to over 75's • Concessions to blind and disabled in residential homes
Free TV Licences are available to those over 75 years.
Over 60's and the disabled living in residential
settings may obtain an ARC (Accommodation for Residential Care)
concessionary licence. While the registered blind can obtain a 50%
Capped water bills
Water Boards in England, Wales and Scotland are able to offer capped
water bills to those with a disability or on certain benefits.
Before you apply you need to have a meter fitted. This
is fairly straightforward and can be organised quickly. It is usually
free of charge.
Once you have a water meter and if someone in your household gets benefits it may be possible to get the water bill capped.
To qualify for a cap on your water charges, you need to
be getting benefits (such as Tax Credits) and either:
Have three or more children under the age of 19 or
Or you or someone in your household must have a medical
condition that means they use a lot of extra water.((incontinence/in
Please note: Each Water company has it's own criteria - do check with your local supplier for the exact conditions.
If you're accepted, your costs will be limited to the
average household bill for your water company however much water you
use. The company will then check each year to see if your situation
remains the same.
To find out more information contact your local water supplier for an application form and further information.
If you are applying for a grant towards a wheelchair you may asked by the charity if you have a wheelchair voucher.
The Wheelchair Voucher Scheme has changed and is now called a Personal Wheelchair Budget (PWB).
A PWB offers a wide choice for wheelchair users. These are available from you local wheelchair assessment centre.
f you are eligible for a wheelchair a clinician to identify what you want to achieve with your wheelchair. You will be prescribed an NHS wheelchair and be told the cost of this provision. This is your Personal Wheelchair Budget .
You have the following choices on how to use your PWB:
NHS Provision (Notional) - to accept the wheelchair prescribed to meet your needs. The wheelchair will remain the property of the NHS.
Top-Up Alternative Wheelchair - to upgrade to an alternative model of wheelchair within the NHS range. The wheelchair will remain the property of the NHS.
Top-Up Accessories - to add additional features to the wheelchair provided with help of the clinician. The wheelchair and any additional features will remain the property of the NHS.
Third Party PWB - to choose a model of wheelchair outside of the NHS range, provided it meets your needs, from an independent mobility provider.
The value of your budget will vary
as the amount reflects the cost of basic wheelchair suitable for your