Healthy Start Scheme

Department of Health written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) pregnant women, (b) women with a child under 12 months and (c) children from six months to four years old have received Healthy Start vitamins in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Healthy Start vitamins are offered to pregnant women (at least 10 weeks into pregnancy) and families with a child under four years old are eligible for the Healthy Start scheme, if they are claiming any of the following benefits:

- Income Support;

- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance;

- Child Tax Credit (with an annual family income of £16,190 or less); and

- Universal Credit (with family take-home pay of less than £408/month).

Anyone under 18 and pregnant is also eligible for Healthy Start, regardless of whether they receive any of the above benefits.

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