Healthy Start are vouchers which can be used for fruit, vegetables, milk, infant formula and pulses. They are for people on certain benefits with children under 4 or who are pregnant. All those who are pregnant and under 18 are also eligible.. Currently they are worth £3.10 a week but in April they will go up to £4.25. Many of the biggest supermarkets also offer extra bonuses when you use the vouchers - so they are worth applying for!
Am I eligible? You are eligible if you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:
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. (To find this refer to your Universal Credit award notice in the section “your take home pay for this month”.)
You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.
Where do I apply? You can get a form from:
The Healthy Start website. Either fill out the form online via the website, download the form from the website or have a blank copy e-mailed to you.
Ask your GP, health visitor or midwife for an application leaflet.
Call 0345 607 6823 and they will post you an application pack.
All leaflets and forms must be posted to: Healthy Start Issuing Unit Freepost RRTY-SYAE-JKCR PO Box 1067 Warrington WA55 1EG
What do I need to apply?
Your National Insurance number.
Information on which benefits you currently receive.
Proof of identity.
You do not need a signature from healthcare professional any more - leave Part B blank unless you are pregnant in which case you will need to enter your due date in this section.
Where can I spend them?
There is a map on the Healthy Start website which lists all the retailers who have signed up in your area. Simply enter your postcode. All of the major supermarkets have signed up to Healthy Start – but vouchers can also be used at pharmacies, green grocers, food co-operatives, milk floats and more! As long as they have signed up to the scheme.
Several supermarkets are boosting the cost of the vouchers in store:
Iceland: You get a free £1 bag of frozen vegetables with your voucher spend.
Tesco: Adds an extra £1 to the value of your voucher.
Lidl: Has increased the value of the voucher to £4.25 already.
Co-Op: Has also increased the value of the voucher to £4.25.