Regulations have been laid before Parliament to uplift dental charges in England from 1 April 2016 by 5% and by a similar percentage next year.
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In written statement to Parliament, Alistair Burt, minister of state for community and social care, said: “Dental charges remain an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services, first introduced in 1951, but we will keep protecting the most vulnerable within society. NHS dental treatment will remain free for those under the age of 18, those under the age of 19 and receiving full-time education, pregnant women or those who have had a baby in the previous 12 months, and those on qualifying low income benefits. If someone does not qualify for these exemptions, full or partial help may be available through the NHS Low Income Scheme.”