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.

Forecast spending on Best Start Foods

£ million 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27
12 14 13 12 11 10 9

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

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