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Report on Welfare Foods Consultation published

Posted in News on Thursday, 11 October 2018
Report on Welfare Foods Consultation published Frontline staff working in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) have a key role in raising awareness and uptake of a new Best Start Foods payment scheme for eligible families, according to the findings of a Scottish Government consultation.

'Welfare Foods - a consultation on meeting the needs of children and families in Scotland' was published in April 2018 and invited views on the Scottish Government's approach to Welfare Foods following its devolution through the Scotland Act 2016. UK Welfare Foods currently includes: Healthy Start Vouchers, Healthy Start Vitamins, and the Nursery Milk Scheme. 

The Scottish Government proposes to replace Healthy Start Vouchers with Best Start Foods, administered through a smartcard system. It also proposes to offer free milk to all children in funded and non-funded ELC provision from 2020.

Respondents to the consultation suggested that  training and awareness-raising for frontline staff -  in particular those in ELC, healthcare professionals; schools; local authority and third sector welfare rights advisers; and staff working in social care and community roles - would cascade down to families and parents.

You can read the full consultation report here.

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