In order to claim Healthy Start
They should then sign part B, but it is your responsibility to ensure the health professional has signed and dated it properly as if it hasn’t been signed by an approved health professional your application will not be accepted. Do not miss this step!
If you are pregnant they will need to certify you are pregnant or if you have a child you should send the application alongside your child’s birth certificate. Don’t forget to ask your healthcare professional about claiming Healthy Start vitamins, too.
Finally, when you have ensured the information is correct and have provided the supporting documents (outlined below), you can send the form to the following address:
Healthy Start Issuing Unit
PO Box 1067
There will be a freepost envelope on the back of the application leaflet if you have filled in a physical copy, otherwise if you have printed the form online you can write the address on the envelope. This is also free so you needn’t buy a stamp.
How to get the application
You can get an application leaflet either by using the Healthy Start contact number and asking a member of the staff to send you one for free by post, or filling in the online form and printing it off to check and sign, or by asking your health visitor or midwife. You can email the blank PDF form of the application to yourself or download it directly from the website, but bear in mind you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file and print it off.
As well as the signature from a health professional and the child’s birth certificate, you will also need to provide evidence of your income and savings, the benefits you already receive and your identity in order to claim the Healthy Start food vouchers and vitamins. They may also ask for your National Insurance number.
The claim starts once the Healthy Start application is received, and they cannot be backdated so ensure you send the form as early as possible to avoid disappointment. As with any other benefit or allowance you should inform the company as soon as your circumstances change. The Healthy Start Food Vouchers service will not continue for you if the qualifying prerequisites are not met.