Do I qualify for Healthy Start?

Baby playingYou 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. (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.

We no longer require you to send in copies of your Universal Credit award notice to apply for Healthy Start. Click here to find out how to apply for Healthy Start.

* This is only applicable whist you are more than 10 weeks pregnant, once the child is born you no longer qualify under Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

If you live in Scotland and want to check if you qualify visit https://www.mygov.scot/best-start-grant-best-start-foods/

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