Bishop of Gloucester asks about Healthy Start Scheme – Correction

The Bishop of Gloucester received the following correction to a written answer on 14th December 2022:

Lord Markham (Con): I would like to amend a written answer that I gave to the House on the 7 November 2022.

An incorrect figure was provided in my reply to HL2636, which was asked by The Lord Bishop of Gloucester. The question was: “To ask His Majesty’s Government how many recipients of Healthy Start vouchers are not in receipt of prepaid cards despite remaining eligible for the scheme.”

The reply stated that “The NHS Business Services Authority estimates that as of 18 October 2022, there were 2,954 households previously were in receipt of paper vouchers which have not successfully applied to the NHS Healthy Start prepaid card scheme. “

However, it has since been brought to my attention that the figures supplied by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) had a typographical error. The answer should have stated that “the NHS Business Services Authority estimates that, as of 18 October 2022, there were 42,954 households which previously were in receipt of paper vouchers which have not successfully applied to the NHS Healthy Start prepaid card scheme.” I apologise that the incorrect figures were inadvertently supplied.

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Bishop of Gloucester asks about calls to the Healthy Start Scheme helpline

The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answer on 16th November 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked His Majesty’s Government what were the (1) average, and (2) longest, waiting times for calls made to the Healthy Start helpline in each of the most recent six months for which data are available.

Lord Markham (Con): The following table shows the average and longest waiting times in hours, minutes and seconds for calls to the Healthy Start helpline in each of the last six months for which data is available:

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Bishop of Gloucester asks about Healthy Start Scheme

The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answers on 7th November 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked His Majesty’s Government how many recipients of Healthy Start vouchers are not in receipt of prepaid cards despite remaining eligible for the scheme.

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Bishop of Gloucester asks about the Healthy Start Scheme

The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answer on 1st November 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked His Majesty’s Government whether, and if so when, the Department for Work and Pensions will resume the sharing of Healthy Start take-up data with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Baroness Stedman-Scott (Con): DWP are working with DHSC to make data available by the end of 2022.

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Bishop of Gloucester asks about the Healthy Start scheme

The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answer on 5th September 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish data on the take-up of the Healthy Start scheme among eligible families in April 2022.

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Bishop of Gloucester asks about the Healthy Start Scheme

The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answers on 29th March 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow Healthy Start prepaid cards to be used for making online and telephone purchases of food items covered by the scheme.

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