Healthy Start – NHS vouchers for Parents
Healthy Start is a scheme for the parents of young children, and women who are pregnant and on a qualifying low income benefit. It provides for vouchers for fruit and vegetables, milk or baby formula as well as vitamins for pregnant mothers.
If you qualify the vouchers are sent every 4 weeks. They can be used at a wide variety of supermarkets (Co-op, Tesco’s , even Waitrose). The NHS site is here.
If your children would get free school meals, but are below school age they should qualify. Parents receiving one of the following should apply:
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
The vouchers are £3.10 per week for each qualifying child, £6.20 for children below 1 year old.
Bromley Welfare Fund
This is a scheme is to help Bromley residents on low incomes to:
- Establish themselves in the community following a stay in temporary accommodation provided by Bromley Council
- Establish themselves in the community following a stay in hospital or similar settings
- Maintain a home in the community
- Settle in to accommodation when they are discharged from the council’s homeless duty
The scheme will cover applications for: Furniture – beds only and Household equipment – cooker, fridge freezer. The fund makes no emergency payments or for replacement goods.
Tax Credits HelplineIf you are responsible for a child or young person then you may be eligible for child tax credits, or if you work, but earn low wages, you may be entitled to working tax credits. Tel: 0845 300 3900 Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits
Bromley Borough FoodbankPart of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Crisis SmartmoveAdvice on schemes in your area (London) – providing possible help for those living in London who can not afford the deposit for private rented accommodation – have to be over 25 years old.
Tel: 0870 011 3335 or 020 7713 7655.