Prescription Charges Consultation

Dear Parish/Town Clerk

I wanted to highlight to you that there is a current government consultation on aligning the age at which individuals receive free prescriptions (currently 60) with the age at which that individual is eligible for state pension.

Your council may want to consider if there is any specific impact that this would have on the community you represent, and if so whether you want to respond to the consultation.

The consultation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/aligning-the-upper-age-for-nhs-prescription-charge-exemptions-with-the-state-pension-age

For your information, Community Pharmacy Swindon and Wiltshire (the representative body for Community Pharmacy locally) has responded that we are ambivalent to the change in age, however are concerned about the confusion and administrative difficulties that the changing age is likely to cause.

Best Regards

Fiona Castle

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