Best Start Foods
Best Start Foods replaced the UK Healthy Start on 12 August 2019. Like Pregnancy and Baby Payment, the new benefit was expanded and the eligibility was extended. All pregnant women under the age of 18 and pregnant women receiving certain benefits can apply for Best Start Foods.
The payment is £4.25 per week for each child until the child reaches 3 years old. If the child is below the age of 1, the payment is £8.50 per week. The Scottish Government has expanded the foods that families can purchase through the Best Start Foods payment, including; eggs, fruit, vegetables, pulses and milk. The Scottish Government replaced the paper vouchers with a new smartcard system. Under this thrill smartcards will be pre-loaded every four weeks, with families using them having more control over the value they spend.
To be eligible for any of the Best Start Grant payments, parents or carers need to be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
People under 18 years old do not need to receive a benefit to be eligible for Best Start Grant. Similarly, people who are 18 or 19 years old who do not receive any benefits can be eligible if they are listed on their parent or carer's Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit, or Universal Credit child payment award.
You can access the form using the link below and more information is included in the Best Start Foods Client Fact sheet.