Health

Give your family a Healthy Start

By John Charlton

The Healthy Start Vouchers scheme is part of a national government project which provides free vouchers that can be used to buy fruit and vegetables, milk and infant formula.

Women and families with children who get Healthy Start Vouchers also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins. Healthy Start vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.
Pregnant women can receive one Healthy Start Voucher a week which is worth £3.10. Parents and carers of children aged over one and under four get one voucher a week worth £3.10 and parents and carers of babies under the age of one get two vouchers a week worth a total of £6.20.

Women who are at least 10 weeks pregnant, or families with children under the age of four, qualify as part of the Healthy Start scheme if they are on Income Support or Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless the family is receiving Working Tax Credit run-on) and has an annual income of £16,190 or less (2014/15). Also pregnant women or mothers under the age of 18 can take part in the scheme.

To claim the vouchers complete the form on the website at: www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/how-to-apply.

Alternatively ask your Midwife or Health Visitor for an application form

Or call the Healthy Start Issuing Unit on 0345 607 6823 for more information