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Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a Government Scheme that provides weekly vouchers to eligible parents and can help you if you’re pregnant or have a young child under four. These vouchers can be spent on milk, fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk at your local shops and supermarkets, as well as offering coupons for free vitamins too.

For more information about the scheme, visit Healthy Start (opens in a new window).

Do I qualify for Healthy Start?

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)
  • Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month

You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.

How do I apply?

Applying for Healthy Start is easy. If you already have an application leaflet just fill out the form inside, ask your midwife or health visitor to sign it and send it to Healthy Start using the freepost envelope attached. If you don't have an application form you can find one on the Healthy Start - How to apply website (opens in a new window).

Where can I use my food vouchers?

To redeem your Food vouchers, please visit the Healthy Start - Where to use vouchers website (opens in a new window) to search for your local retailers taking part in the scheme.

Where can I get my Healthy Start vitamins from?

To find where you can use your Healthy Start vitamins vouchers choose your district: