What is the Healthy Start scheme? The Department of Health first introduced this statutory scheme in 2006 to provide a nutritional safety net.
The Healthy Start free vouchers replace the 'Welfare Food Scheme' and are for pregnant women and for young children in low-income families.
HEALTH START: Anyone who qualifies can spend weekly free coupons on essential food products.
The free food list includes infant formula milk tokens for babies, fruit, and fresh vegetables.
The UK-wide Healthy Start voucher scheme helps pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding.
Some claimants can also exchange the coupons at local shops for free vitamins. It is also worth checking whether you can get a discounted price at the pharmacy.
Most families who claim benefits or tax credits will be eligible for Healthy Start tokens. Also, anyone under the age of eighteen (18) and pregnant will qualify for free baby milk vouchers.
The UK Welfare Food Scheme supports the country's public health policies. The Healthy Start Department of Health encourages women to eat a nutritional healthy diet. They are advocates for women to carry out natural breastfeeding.
Are you pregnant or do you have a child under 4 years old? The NHS Healthy Start scheme helps you buy the basic foods you need. You will get one or more vouchers every week while you qualify from the baby milk tokens due date.
You can exchange the coupons in retail shops around the United Kingdom. More than 30,000 food stores take part in the Healthy Start scheme. In some cases you can swap the coupons for free vitamins which are suitable for:
Note: There is a time limit of six months from the date of your letter to get backdated payments. Contact the helpline without delay if your payments are overdue.
Healthy Start vouchers are currently worth £3.10 per coupon. Those who qualify for the scheme can spend them on:
Note: Claimants who are pregnant, or have a child between one and four years old, will get one (1) voucher per week. Mothers with a child less than one year old will get two (2) vouchers a week (worth £6.20). You may also qualify for free vitamin supplements.
You can check to see if you are eligible for Healthy Start vouchers on the NHS website. As a rule you will qualify if (either):
Also, to qualify you must already be getting any of the following benefit entitlements:
Being pregnant and under 18 means you would also be eligible for the Healthy Start scheme even if you do not get any welfare benefits.
Working Tax Credit Run-on
The Working Tax Credit run-on is a further payment for four (4) weeks. It begins immediately after you stop qualifying for the full credit.
You can claim your vouchers by filling in the online Healthy Start application form on screen. Print it out and then get your midwife or health visitor to sign it (or a registered doctor or nurse).
Send the completed form to the Healthy Start address. Milk token application forms are also available from your 'health visitor' or midwife.
You can also call the Healthy Start helpline to get the milk token vouchers application form.
Healthy Start Issuing Unit
PO Box 1067
Healthy Start Vouchers Number Helpline
Telephone: 0345 607 6823
Call rates for milk coupons phone number.
Click to download the 'milk token application form' available on the National Health Service (NHS) website.
Note: The short video [3:21 seconds] explains the importance of giving vitamin supplements (A, C, and D) to babies and small children.
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