Local Citizens Advice in Suffolk have witnessed an increase in the number of clients having to pay penalty charges of up to £100 because individuals have inadvertently claimed free prescriptions that they were not entitled to, for example where there was confusion around claiming free prescriptions if the individual had claimed Universal Credit. More recently pharmacies are reporting that patients are not collecting prescriptions because they cannot afford to pay for them. Help is available under the Low Income Scheme, or the client may be entitled to an exemption from charges, of which there are several.
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There can be significant savings to be made by switching energy providers or by renegotiating contracts. Please refer to the links below for further information, or contact us to find out more. Clients can also be informed about help available from energy suppliers and the government to help with difficulties over paying bills. We can also inform clients of sources of advice concerning energy efficiency.
One year on since it was rolled out in Sudbury, the political parties, think tanks and charities continue to debate the future of Universal Credit. Once the rollout is complete 7 million households will receive the new benefit. It has to work for everyone. Evidence from Citizens Advice indicates significant challenges remain.