If you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you are in receipt of certain benefits, you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.
You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with a family income of £16,190 or less per year
- Pension Credit; or
- Universal Credit with no earned income or total earned income of £408 or less per month for the family.
You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.
You can use your Healthy Start vouchers in any shop that is registered to take part in the scheme to buy plain cow’s milk, (whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed), any kind of plain fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables, or infant formula milk that is based on cow’s milk and says on the packaging that it can be used from birth. Look out for the Healthy Start sticker in shop windows, or ask inside. Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins.
Lots of shops accept Healthy Start vouchers, including:
- corner shops
- food co-ops
- market stalls
- milk floats or vans
- pharmacies, including Boots and Superdrug
- supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsburys and Co-op
To apply for Healthy Start, ask yourmidwife or health visitor for an application form or call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823. You can also fill in the form online at https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/and then print it off to check and sign.
For a full benefit check or more help to explore your options, call Uttlesford Citizens Advice on 01799 618840. Advisers at Uttlesford Citizens Advice can help check your eligibility and offer advice on benefits and tax allowances as well as housing, debt, relationship and employment issues. Call 01799 618840 for an appointment.
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