Healthy Start, the free scheme which gives payments to parents every 4 weeks to spend on healthy food is going digital and opening up to people with no recourse to public funds.

Digitalisation of the scheme
The Healthy Start scheme is currently moving to a paperless system, the application process will be online through the gov.uk website and paper vouchers will be replaced by a pre-paid card by 31 October. This is gradually being rolled out across the country and although we haven’t been given a date for when this will be place for Leeds, we know this will be in place by 31 October and all beneficiaries will have to reapply for the scheme at this time.

Support will be available for those without digital access and people with English as an additional language.

Extension of the Healthy Start scheme to those with no recourse to public funds
This extension to the scheme is now being publicised on the Healthy Start website.

To qualify, individuals must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have a parental responsibility for at least one British child, who is less than 4 years old.
  • Family take home pay of less than £408 per month
  • Excluded from claiming public funds as a consequence of immigration status or lack of immigration status