Although uptake of the Healthy start scheme has once again increased across all Greater Manchester boroughs, with the average uptake across Greater Manchester being 73%, there are still around a quarter of eligible people still not receiving the help they are entitled to.   

Across Bury and Bolton around a quarter of the people who are eligible for help from the Healthy Start scheme have not made a claim.  That means that every week across Bury and Bolton a massive £5,754 worth of healthy food and milk doesn’t reach those who need it.   

In Bury, there is currently £2,142 a week of healthy food and milk not reaching those who need it and in Bolton a further £3,612.50 a week of healthy food and milk is also not reaching those who need it.   

Healthy Start scheme take up rates :

  March 2022 October 2022 Percentage increase 
Bolton  65% 77% 18% 
Bury 62% 73% 18% 
Manchester  67% 73% 9% 
Oldham  62% 68% 10% 
Rochdale  65% 75% 15% 
Salford 65% 75% 15% 
Stockport 65% 74% 14% 
Tameside 63% 74% 17% 
Trafford  62% 72% 16% 
Wigan 57% 72% 26% 

More information about Healthy Start is available on the Healthy Start website at Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start) where an online application can also be made.      

Please Note

Both our Bury and Bolton offices will not be open on Wednesdays or Fridays for the entirety of February and March 2024.

Should you require advice, you can reach our advice line service on 0808 278 7804.

Alternatively our national advice line service can be reached on 0800 144 8848.

Emergency contact details for local authorities in both Bury and Bolton are as follows:

Bolton – https://www.bolton.gov.uk/council/emergency-contacts

Bury – https://www.bury.gov.uk/emergencies/emergency-contact-numbers

Please also be advised

We will not be taking on any new Immigration cases / referrals until further notice.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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