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Healthy Start map: Estimated loss to families in 2021
In 2021, on average only 54% of eligible families were receiving Healthy Start vouchers, which help parents of young children and pregnant women buy fruit, vegetables, milk and infant formula. As a result, hundreds of thousands missed out on this much-needed scheme - a huge loss to families struggling to cover the rising cost of living.
In our Healthy Start map we highlight the estimated cash shortfall for families in each Local Authority, as well as the average take up in each area during 2021.
> £600,000 shortfall
£450,000 - £600,000
£300,000 - £450,000
£150,000 - £300,000
£0 - £150,000
> 60% take up
55% - 60%
50% - 55%
45% - 50%
0% - 45%
Estimated cash shortfall in 2021
|East of England||£6,581,147.44|
|Yorkshire & Humber||£6,505,891.20|
|Belfast Health Trust||£560,068.52|
|Northern Health Trust||£542,939.80|
|South Eastern Health Trust||£434,837.12|
|Southern Health Trust||£542,142.68|
|Western Health Trust||£455,176.72|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland||£69,494,617.40|
Note: Local Authority average take up of Healthy Start paper vouchers is published by NHS Business Services Authority. Cash shortfall is estimated by multiplying the number of beneficiaries missing out each year by the value of the voucher over the course of a year.