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Healthy Start Vouchers increase in value

Press Release: 19/04/2021

 
Healthy StartThe value of a Healthy Start Voucher has increased from £3.10 to £4.25 each week.

Local families in Tameside can benefit from this increase by applying for the Healthy Start Vouchers subject to certain eligibility criteria.

The vouchers can be used at local shops to buy milk and fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables or vitamins, tablets for women and drops for children. 

Pregnant women can receive a voucher worth £4.25 each week of their pregnancy from the 10th week of pregnancy.  Families with children from birth to one year old can receive £8.50 each week and for children between one and four they’ll receive £4.25 each week.

People must have a child under four years old or be at least 10 weeks pregnant receiving either Income support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year) or Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month).

To find out if your family earns £408 or less per month from employment whilst claiming Universal Credit, look at your ‘take-home pay for this period’ on your monthly Universal Credit award notice.

The application process for obtaining the vouchers is simple.   

People who are eligible can download a copy of the application form online from Tameside Council’s website or obtain a copy from their key worker who can help with the application process.  Anyone struggling to download and print off an application form can request a copy by post - call the Healthy Start Helpline on: 0345 607 6823. Completed applications can be returned using the FREEPOST envelope provided in the application pack.

A Council spokesperson said: “There will be lots of people struggling financially who are now eligible to take advantage of this offer which will help to reduce weekly shopping bills.

“The increase in the vouchers worth will have a big impact on reducing out-goings. The application process is really simple.  Anyone who finds themselves eligible to receive the vouchers should take advantage of this scheme and apply today.”

To find out more about the scheme visit: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/healthystart
 
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