Food Poverty

Healthy Start in Scotland and Northern Ireland

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, Healthy Start is administered slightly differently and as such we aren’t targeting MPs in your area about this issue right now.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is responsible for Healthy Start in Northern Ireland.

Healthy Start has been devolved to the Scottish Government, who are planning to launch a reformed version of the scheme in summer 2019 called Best Start Foods. This will include a digital smart card to replace the paper vouchers, an increase in the value of the vouchers up to £4.25 and an expanded list of eligible foods to purchase, including pulses and eggs.

Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date on what’s happening next for Healthy Start across the UK. Check out the Food Power network to see what local groups in Scotland and Northern Ireland are doing to tackle food poverty.

Food Poverty

Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.

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