Best Start Foods

Best Start Foods (BSF) provides payments towards the cost of being pregnant or looking after young children. Money is pre-loaded on to a payment card every four weeks and can be used to purchase food from a range of retailers. It was launched in 2019 and has replaced the UK Government’s Healthy Start Vouchers.

Spending is forecast to rise over 2023-24 and 2024-25 because the Scottish Government plans to expand eligibility by removing the current income thresholds during 2023-24.

Forecast spending on Best Start Foods
£ million 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28
14 13 17 20 20 20 20

Spending in 2020-21 includes a small amount on Healthy Start Vouchers