Upcoming changes to the Healthy Start scheme will see the vouchers move to an online system for all Bolton & Bury residents. Make sure you’re up to date on the latest changes and have registered for the new digital system by the 10 March deadline. 

What are the upcoming changes to Healthy Start?

From 10 March 2022, Healthy Start vouchers are moving to a digital scheme with a prepaid card which is automatically topped up – rather than paper vouchers sent through the post. Those who already receive paper vouchers will have received a letter or a leaflet with their vouchers informing them how to apply for the digital scheme

When is the deadline to register for the new scheme? 

The paper voucher scheme is coming to an end and will issue its last paper vouchers between 24 February and 10 March 2022. All recipients must actively register for a new card which will be updated with the £4.25 (or £8.50 if you have a child under 12 months) each week.

How many people still need to register? 

According to Money Saving Expert, over 100,000 people have not yet registered for the new card and will need to do so by 10 March 2022 to avoid missing out on payments. Payments will only be backdated to the date you apply, and if you miss the deadline you may lose out on payments in between your vouchers ending and your prepaid card arriving.   

Local statistics show that across Bury & Bolton less than half of those eligible are currently claiming Healthy Start vouchers. This means that every week over £8,555 worth of healthy food isn’t reaching those who could benefit from it. 

Need help applying for Healthy Start vouchers? 

If you need help registering for the Healthy Start scheme you can get in touch with the team by calling our freephone adviceline on 0808 278 7804 or fill in a contact form and we’ll get in touch. More information about eligibility for the scheme and how to apply can be found on the Healthy Start website

Worried about money or paying your bills? 

If you’re concerned about money or cost of living you should get in touch with us to see how you could maximise your income or save on your everyday bills. You may want to use a free benefit calculator to see what support you’re entitled to or view our energy advice pages for practical tips on how to save. 

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