HC1 form: how to get it online or by post in 2022

10 November 2022 by Robin - 7 minutes of reading time

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What is the hc1 form? Can I get it online in 2022? Am I eligible? This document is necessary to apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme by post. Indeed, you may get it from online or an in-person location. Then, with it, you could increase the financial aid that you get. Your Benefits will walk you through everything you need to know about the hc1 form.

Can you do a hc1 form online?

You may acquire an NHS hc1 form through different means. First, you can order an hc1 form online in 2022. Indeed, this can be done on the NHS Business Services Authority website

Second, you may download an hc1 form online in 2022 and print it from the NHS website. You can then fill it out, and send it by post. Where to send the HC1 form is indicated on it. Note that you need to use a stamp for your letter. The address is the following:

Low Income Scheme
NHS Business Services Authority
Bridge House
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

However, there are other means to get the form. Indeed, you could get one from your local Jobcentre Plus office. Additionally, you could also get an hc1 form from your local NHS hospital. Finally, an optician, dentist or doctor could provide one for you.

You may have additional questions on how to acquire an hc1 form online in 2022 or by other means. You may call the NHS at the following number: 0300 330 1343.

What is a hc1 form

The hc1 form is a form that you need to fill out if you wish to apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme. More specifically, this is if you want to apply by post. Indeed, then, you may order a form from onlinedownload the hc1 form online, or get it from a physical location.

You may want an hc1 form online in 2022 to make a claim for help with health costs. This is what the NHS Low Income Scheme would provide. In fact, it will help you cover many health costs.

You may not be sure if you are eligible for the NHS Low Income Scheme. In this case, Your Benefits can help. Indeed, we provide a free simulator that can show you the total amount of aid that you are entitled to. Simply enter what your situation is, and let us do all the calculation!

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Lastly, we can take care of your administrative tasks for you. Indeed, if you use this service, you will not have to worry about all the administrative steps involved in claiming benefits. 

Do I need to submit an hc1 form?

How to get a HC1 form online in 2022

The hc1 form is only required if you wish to apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme by post in 2022. Then, you could get an hc1 form online in 2022. To do this, you will need to go to the NHS website. The appropriate links are included above.

However, you may not even have to apply. Indeed, you or your partner may get a certain benefit. Indeed, if either one of you gets the following, you do not have to apply to NHS Low Income Scheme:

You do not have to apply either if you are entitled to or named on an NHS tax credit exemption certificate. The certificate needs to be valid. Furthermore, if you do not have one, you can instead show your award notice. Additionally, you qualify if the following is true for you:

  • The income that you have for tax credit purposes is equal to or less than £15,276, and;
  • You receive one or both of the following: Working Tax Credits (this must be either with a disability element) or Child Tax Credits.

Indeed, if you receive these, you are already entitled for help with health costs. More specifically, you are entitled for full help. As such, no need to apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme.

You may wish to renew your NHS Low Income Scheme. Additionally, you may already have an HC2 or HC3 certificate. Regardless, you will need to fill in and send a new hc1 form. Where to send the hc1 form is written on the form itself.

Hc1 form online in 2022: what is the nhs low income scheme?

The hc1 form is necessary to apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme by post. As such, it is important to know what the benefit consists of. In fact, if you are currently on a low income, you may be eligible. Through this, you will be able to get help on health costs. They include the following:

Your eligibility will be affected by multiple factors. Indeed, your savings, necessary outgoing and weekly income could impact how much you could receive. Additionally, note that you can apply for a refund for a treatment you have already received.

Can I get the NHS Low Income Scheme?

Before filling out the hc1 form, you must make sure that you are eligible for the scheme. Indeed, the first criterion is capital. More specifically, your savings or capital cannot exceed £6,000.

Then, to be eligible for the benefit, you must be one of the following:

What is an HC1 form?

  • Living in a care home;
  • A student;
  • Getting a wage;
  • A pensioner;
  • Getting state benefits.

Furthermore, a couple more things need to apply. Indeed, if the following conditions are true for you, you may not be eligible. More specifically, if you or your partner have more than:

  • £16,000 in your investments, savings, or property (the property in which you live is excluded from this calculation)
  • £23,250 in your investments, savings or property, if you stay in a care home permanently (if you reside in Wales, this amount is raised to £24,000).

How do I apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme?

You can apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme in one of two ways. In fact, you can apply by post or online. If you would like to apply by post, you will need to do so with an hc1 form, which you can get online. If you want to apply online, you may do this on the NHS website.

How much help you can receive will depend on your income. Indeed, you may receive full help if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your income is equal to or less than your living requirement;
  • Your income is superior to your living requirement (however, it needs to be equal to or less than the cost of a prescription in England).

The following table is an example of how your claim would be assessed:

NHS Low Income Scheme claim assessment example
Name  Amount of money
Income £120.76 a week
Weekly requirements £123.47 a week
Difference -£2,71

In the example above, the person can receive full help. Indeed, their income is less than their weekly requirements. As such, they qualify for full help. In other words, the NHS will help in covering health costs fully.

Autres questions fréquentes

Robin is a writer for Your Benefits, writing about aids that people may be entitled to. He is currently working on his Master in journalism at the Institut Supérieur de Formation au Journalisme in Lille.

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  • Wojtera Beata

    Hi, to which email address I should send the completed form online? Also, my signature is in block capitals, I hope that is ok.

    Thank you

    Best Regards

    • Robin


      Do not complete the form if you are applying online. If you are doing so, apply through the NHS website.

      Hope this helps,

  • Evans

    Could you send me a HC1form please

  • Mrs. Kazi, Hamida

    I am 80 years old. My husband passed away over a year ago and due to current prices rises I am not in a position to buy my glasses. For this reason I have not been to the optician despite getting reminders. I do get Attendance allowance but also have arthritis in knees and hands. Can I get HC1 support? An answer will be appreciated.
    Thank you


    • Robin


      Yes, you are likely to be eligible for the NHS Low Income Scheme.

      Hope this helps,

  • Hamilton John

    Can you please send me a Hc1 form as you are having problems. May i have tew please.

    John Hamilton.

  • rebecca Stewart

    can you please send me a Hc1 form please

  • Shannon Violet

    Is someone receiving Carers Allowance Premium in Scotland be entitled to the
    twice a year Carers Supplement?

    • Robin


      Yes, you should be able to.

      Hope this helps,

  • Linda Berry

    My old hc1 form got lost when I was robbed how do I get help getting another ihad to move from my last address due to ptsd after the robbery. And I’m struggling with the gas and electricity bills since every thing went up 3 times the amount all ills its crippling me im so worried

    • Robin


      You can indeed get a new HC1 form to receive an HC2 or HC3 certificate. This article should outline how.

      Hope this helps,

  • Prince Sylvia

    I am trying to get an HC1 form and would like one sent in the post to me at my home address, I am not able to get the form on line and I cannot find the correct phone number to apply for it. Please can you supply the number.

    • Robin


      You can get an HC1 form from your local NHS hospital or Jobcentre Plus office if you cannot print one out. Otherwise, you can get it online.

      Hope this helps,

  • Joanne Archibald

    Please could you kindly send me the website address for the HC1 form online?

    Kind regards


    • Robin

      You only need to send in an HC1 form if you wish to apply to the NHS Low Income Scheme by post. You can find the PDF for the HC1 form here:

      Then, download the form from the NHS website (linked above), fill it out and send it by post. The necessary address is indicated on the form.

      Hope this helps,

  • Denham, Zoe

    Hi, I am the ward clerk at a Rehab Hospital and need to help our 8
    patients to fill in their HC1 forms. All receive ESA but do not pay for their stay, as they are funded by different local NHS Local authorities.

    Please advise on how we should complete the form. Many thanks Zoe

    • Robin

      Hello Zoe,
      If your patients already receive income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), they do not need to apply, as they are already entitled for full help with health costs.
      In terms of how to proceed, the process should be the same for all of them, even if they receive their benefits from different local authorities.

      Hope this helps,

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