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Benefits for people with epilepsy

If you have epilepsy, or care for someone with epilepsy, you may be entitled to benefits.
What benefits you can claim and how much you get depends on your individual circumstances. To find out what benefits you and your family are entitled to, you could use an online benefits checker like Turn2us.

Access to Work If your epilepsy affects your ability to do your job or means you have to pay work-related costs, Access to Work grants can help pay for practical support.
Attendance Allowance A benefit to help with personal care if you have a disability and are 65 or over.
Blue Badge scheme Allows you to park close to your destination if you have severe mobility problems.
Carers Allowance If you look after someone with epilepsy who has substantial care needs, you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) A benefit to help with the extra costs of looking after a child who has a disability or health condition. In Northern Ireland DLA can also be claimed by adults.
Disabled Facilities Grant If your epilepsy means you need to make changes to your home, you might be able to get a grant from your local council to help. Disabled Facilities Grants are not available in Scotland.
Disabled Persons Railcard You may be entitled to a Disabled Persons Railcard to get one third off rail fares in England, Scotland and Wales.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) A benefit for people who have an illness or disability that makes it difficult or impossible for them to work.
Free bus pass If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you may be entitled to free or reduced price bus travel.
Free prescriptions If you have epilepsy and take epilepsy medicines, you are entitled to free prescriptions in the UK.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) A benefit to help with some of the extra costs of living with a long-term health condition or disability.
This is just a sample of the benefits that may be available to people with Epilepsy or there carers to get information about all benefits that are available to people please contact your nearest advice centre to make sure you are not missing out on any benefits you may be entitled to.
Source Epilepsy Action

The Ipswich Epilepsy Support group advises that you get professional help when looking into or completing all benefits forms or benefit checks. Like the C.A.B. or The Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau where free advice is available. For details of The Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau please go to our links tab or type in the Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau or CAB into your browser to find out more information. Please note more organisations are available depend on the area that you live in.

New Prescription Cost for April 2019

Regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2019.

This year, therefore, the prescription charge has increased by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. The cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) for 3-month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104.
Details of the revised charges for 2019 to 2020 can be found below.
Prescription charges
Single charge: £9
3-month PPC (no change): £29.10
12-month PPC (no change): £104

If you need continuous anticonvulsive therapy for your Epilepsy you are entitled to an exemption certificate To claim free prescriptions, ask your GP or hospital doctor for application form FP92A. This is the application form for a medical exemption certificate. Once you have filled in the form, the hospital doctor, GP or a member of staff at your GP surgery will sign to confirm that the information you have given is correct. They will then send for an exemption certificate for you
You should expect to receive your certificate within 10 working days of them receiving your application.

A medical exemption certificate:
entitles you to free NHS prescriptions only
doesn’t cover dental treatment or help with other health costs
should be shown when you collect a prescription
is valid for five years (or until your 60th birthday, whichever is sooner)

Replacing your certificate
If you lose or damage your certificate, you can be sent a replacement. You’ll receive your replacement certificate within 10 working days.

Renewing your certificate
You need to speak to your doctor to re-apply.
A reminder will be sent to you around one month before your current certificate expires but it’s your own responsibility to check that your certificate is still valid when you claim free prescriptions.
When your medical exemption certificate expires
It’s your responsibility to check the expiry date. If you claim free prescriptions after your certificate expires, you could have to pay a penalty charge of up to £100.