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Healthy Start Scheme

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 183062, tabled on 19 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many external suppliers his Department is working with on the development of a digital card scheme to replace paper Healthy Start Vouchers.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

28 April 2021

The NHS Business Services Authority are leading work to digitise the Healthy Start scheme, on behalf of the Department, to make it easier for families to apply for and use Healthy Start.

The NHS Business Services Authority has a contract with Xerox to provide pre-paid cards for the new Healthy Start service, with certain elements provided by Allpay. The new card is branded with the National Health Service logo.

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