Please note that the old paper vouchers are stopping on 31st March and you will need to re-apply to get your payment card.  If you reapply by 10th March there should be no delay.


Applicants can apply online at





Child Tax Credit (only if the family's annual income is £16,190 or less)

Income Support

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

Pension Credit (which includes the child addition)

Universal Credit (only if the family's take-home pay is £408 or less per month from employment)

Who can apply?

To qualify for the NHS Healthy Start scheme, an applicant must be at least 10 weeks pregnant or has at least one child under 4 years old.

They may also be eligible for NHS Healthy Start if:

They're under 18 and pregnant, even if they are not claiming any benefits

They claim income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are over 10 weeks pregnant

They or their partner get Working Tax Credit run-on only. (Working Tax Credit run-on is the Working Tax Credit they receive in the 4 weeks immediately after they have stopped working for 16 hours or more per week).




What it provides:


Healthy Start provides families with a minimum of £221 –£442 per year to spend on healthy food and milk, plus free high-quality vitamins for children and expecting mothers.