Posted on 24th November 2022 at 17:41
What is the NHS Healthy Start scheme?
Help to buy food and milk. Families entitled to Healthy Start can get help to buy plain, fresh, frozen, or tinned fruit and vegetables, plain cow’s milk, infant formula and fresh or tinned pulses via a pre-paid card. The card is topped up every 4 weeks and can be used in most supermarkets and shops – they will need to accept Mastercard.
• £4.25 each week of your pregnancy (from the 10th week of pregnancy)
• £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
• £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old
You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins for women and children.
Who is it for?
If you get Universal credit, you can apply if:
• you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under 4 years old
• your family’s monthly ‘take-home pay for this period’ is £408 or less from employment
If you get Child Tax Credit, you can apply if:
• you have at least one child under 4 years old
• your family’s annual income is £16,190 or less
You may also be eligible for NHS Healthy Start in some other circumstances.
How to apply
Visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk/how-to-apply and make sure you have your National Insurance number and benefit award letter at hand. You’ll also need your baby’s due date if you’re pregnant.
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