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, or
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless your family is receiving Working Tax Credit run-on only*) and has an annual family income of £16,190 or less (2014/15).

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

*Working Tax Credit run-on is the Working Tax Credit you receive in the 4 weeks immediately after you have stopped working for 16 hours or more per week (single adults) or 24 hours per week (couples).

We know that the benefits system is changing and that Universal Credit is being expanded to families. This means that, due to a change in circumstances, you may be assessed for entitlement to Universal Credit instead of the benefits you or your partner were claiming previously. Alternatively you may be new to the benefits system and may be assessed for entitlement to Universal Credit from the start of your claim. Whatever your circumstances, if you are claiming Universal Credit and are pregnant, or have a child under four years old, make sure you call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823 or email on for information about any discretionary support that may be available.

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