The Government is still failing to register families with no recourse to public funds for the Healthy Start Scheme, despite a successful legal claim to the contrary.
Back in June, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) conceded to providing Healthy Start vouchers to families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF). This followed a legal challenge from a mother, on the basis that this decision was discriminatory against black and ethnic minority children.
Health Secretary at the time, Matt Hancock, agreed to provide the vouchers for children from NRPF backgrounds, and to undertake a review of the scheme. However, nearly five months on, our friends at Sustain have discovered the Government is yet to grant the vouchers to anyone with NRPF.
Families that became newly eligible in June were told to apply via a dedicated DHSC email address, as opposed to the usual application process. As the Department has yet to develop a separate application form, a back log of applications has resulted in no families being enrolled.
We believe that school food should be a consistent and non-partisan priority for government. We use our real-world experience of working in schools to strengthen our campaigns on children’s health, access to nutritious school meals and food education.