Increase Healthy Start food and formula vouchers in line with inflation

NHS Healthy Start food and formula vouchers are an essential way of ensuring the neediest babies, children and pregnant people get the nutrients they need.

But with inflation sending the price of fruit, vegetables and infant formula soaring, many families will struggle even more to get by. Some brands of infant formula have risen in price by as much as 14% in recent months.

Eligible families with a baby under the age of one receive £8.50 a week in Healthy Start vouchers, which they can spend on milk, fruit, vegetables and infant formula. But £8.50 of vouchers now won’t even buy a single tin of most infant formula brands.

The inflation crisis will cause a hunger crisis. We’ve already seen reports from food banks of needy families serving their children smaller portions or even watering down babies’ milk, which can be incredibly dangerous.

The Government last raised the value of Healthy Start vouchers before the cost-of-living crisis hit, and only did so after incredible pressure from Marcus Rashford, food charities and the co-operative movement.

Over three-quarters of people back raising the value of Healthy Start vouchers in line with inflation, according to the latest polling. Are you one of them? Add your name to this petition now and call on the Government to raise value of Healthy Start vouchers in line with inflation, so that the babies, children and pregnant people who need it most don’t go hungry.

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