Published on: 15 Aug 2019 14:57

Written by: Maryhill Housing

From 12th August 2019, a new Best Start Foods smartcard will replace the Healthy Start voucher scheme in Scotland.

The main features are:

  • Best Start Foods smartcard will be worth £4.25 a week, or £8.50 for a child under 1.

  • The smartcard can be used for milk, fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables, pulses and eggs.

  • Eligibility can begin from the start of pregnancy and continue until the child’s 3rd birthday.

  • People entitled to Healthy Start vouchers for a child aged 2 or 3 within the last 12 weeks who claim Best Start Foods before 31st March 2020 can continue to qualify until the child’s 4th birthday.

  • You qualify if you are pregnant, or responsible for a child under 3 and receiving:

    • Universal Credit (UC) and earn no more than £610 a month in either of the last two complete monthly assessment periods;

    • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of £16,190 or less;

    • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an annual income of £7,320 or less;

    • Housing Benefit with a weekly income of £311 or less;

    • Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Pension Credit.

  • You can also qualify if you are under 18 or aged 18/19 and a dependent in someone else's benefit claim.

It will be possible to claim from 12th August 2019. You can apply by calling 0800 182 2222 or emailing www.mygov.scot/benefits/best-start    

Please note that Healthy Start vouchers will stop for people currently receiving them in Scotland and it will be necessary to make an application for Best Start Foods.