The Healthy Start scheme is a UK government scheme aimed at supporting low-income families to afford healthy food and vitamins for their young children. If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. The card can be used to buy fruits, vegetables, milk, and infant formula.
Who can claim the Healthy Start card?
Families with children under four years old and who receive certain benefits or tax credits may be eligible to claim.
These benefits include:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year)
- Universal Credit (with a monthly earned income of no more than £1,994 before tax and other deductions).
The scheme is particularly aimed at supporting pregnant women, who can claim from 10 weeks of pregnancy. The scheme is also aimed at supporting children under four years old. The cards are intended to help ensure that young children have access to nutritious food and vitamins, which are vital for their growth and development.
What can Healthy Start cards be used for?
The cards can be used to purchase milk, plain fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, and infant formula milk. The cards can be used in registered stores across the UK, including major supermarkets, independent retailers, and corner shops, which display the Mastercard logo.
They cannot be used to purchase anything other than the specified items. They cannot be used to buy items that are not food or drink, such as baby equipment or nappies.
What you will get.
You’ll get money added onto your Healthy Start card every 4 weeks.
- £4.25 each week of your pregnancy from the 10th week
- £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
- £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old
Your money will stop when your child is 4 years old, or if you do not get benefits that make you eligible. You can also get free vitamins with your card.
How to claim Healthy Start vouchers?
To claim Healthy Start vouchers, families can complete an application form available on the Healthy Start website, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Healthy Start helpline on 0300 330 7010.
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