Report – A Healthy Start for all

November 21, 2023

A Healthy Start for all: how cutting the red tape on Healthy Start will help babies, children and families blossom.

A report by Emma Lewell-Buck MP.

With families on very low incomes struggling to afford essential goods and services, a new frontier in welfare reform is required as a matter of urgency. This report makes the case for opening up that frontier by completing the modernisation of the Healthy Start scheme. In particular, a proactive public policy of automatically identifying and registering all eligible families for the scheme would strengthen this vital part of the nutritional safety-net for those families with babies and young children. It would also begin to turn the tide on food poverty that now blights the lives of all too many families in our country. 

This report was sent to the Chancellor and Health Secretary ahead of the Autumn Statement.

Read the full report below or download it here.

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