NHS Low Income Scheme

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people received financial support from the NHS low income scheme, HC2 certificate in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and (e) 2019.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS Business Services Authority processes the NHS Low Income Scheme and issues HC2 certificates. It does not hold data on how many people have used their certificate after it is issued; and multiple people in a household in addition to the applicant might be covered by a certificate, including partner and children. However, data is supplied on the number of HC2 certificates issued in 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18 and 2018/19. This is shown in the following table:


Number of HC2 certificates issued











Data is recorded April-March. Data provided is recorded on a monthly basis and recorded in the NHS Low Income Scheme Annual Statistics Report. This data relates to the number of certificates issues, not the number of people supported by the NHS Low Income Scheme.

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