For the first time in 12 years the NHS prescription charge will not rise as the Conservatives aim to tackle the cost of living crisis. The charge will be frozen at £9.35 this year instead of going up in line with inflation. This will save people around 58p on each prescribed item and the Government claims people in England who pay prescription charges are saving £17million in total.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The rise in the cost of living has been unavoidable as we face global challenges and the repercussions of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine. Whilst we can’t completely prevent these rises, where we can help – we absolutely will. This is why I am freezing prescription charges to help ease some of these pressures and put money back in people’s pockets.”
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Three month pre-payment certificates of £30.25 and 12 month PPCs of £108.10 will also remain unchanged. They mean that people can get all the medicines they need for just over £2 a week.
Pensioners, new mothers, students, and those who receive state benefits or live in care homes get their prescriptions free.
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