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More Suffolk families are claiming Healthy Start vouchers as cost of living crisis worsens



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Campaigners behind the Healthy Start vouchers campaign believe more must be done to help raise awareness to the remaining families eligible for the scheme.

More than 1,200 additional families in Suffolk are now claiming the vouchers, an increase on the 2,559 who were already receiving them when the initiative started in January 2021.

However, a third of the 5,345 families eligible are still yet to claim them.

71 per cent of eligible families are now claiming the vouchers. Picture: iStock
71 per cent of eligible families are now claiming the vouchers. Picture: iStock

The highest uptake for the scheme is in East Suffolk, where 79 per cent of the 1,670 families able to receive the vouchers have signed up to Healthy Start, as of March 2022.

Amid the cost of living crisis, campaigners believe more needs to be done to promote the scheme.

“Given the worsening cost of living crisis, it is encouraging to know that more than a thousand more young families in Suffolk will be receiving a little extra support," said Jack Abbott, a former Suffolk County Councillor and leader of the Healthy Start campaign in the region.

Jack Abbott. Picture: Suffolk County Council
Jack Abbott. Picture: Suffolk County Council

"This is a big increase from when we first started the campaign, where more than half of eligible families were not receiving Healthy Start vouchers.

“However, with nearly a third of eligible families still not part of the scheme, it is really important we continue to raise awareness, while pushing the government to extend the scheme to families who desperately need it.”