In order to apply for milk tokens an application form must be completed. Before completing an application form it is important to establish whether you are eligible to receive milk tokens.
Milk tokens are given to women who are under the age of eighteen and pregnant. Women who are benefits and pregnant or have children under the age of four years old are also eligible to claim the milk tokens. When a child turns one the milk tokens transfer into infant tokens, these provide the same benefits but just have a different name.
The application form is similar to any other application form and asks for general details such as a name and address. The babyÕs fathers details must also be disclosed in order to make a claim for the milk tokens. Information will also be gathered in relation to the income of a household, for example if the mother is working she may not be able to claim milk tokens, although this depends upon the salary she receives. A woman who claims job seekers allowance is in a position to claim milk tokens. Any evidence which is provided within the application form will be checked against the records of the Inland Revenue, any false claims will automatically be cancelled and milk tokens will not be provided.
Claims for milk tokens can be made from the tenth week of pregnancy and it is the responsibility of the pregnant woman or family to make the claim for milk tokens. Milk tokens which have not been claimed will not be backdated and it is therefore important for those wishing to claim to make their claim as soon as they reach the tenth week of pregnancy. Women who are under the age of eighteen and pregnant may be able to get assistance in completing the application form from a personal advisor.
A crucial part of the application form is proving the pregnancy, this must be completed regardless of how an application is made. If a written application form is used then there is a section which a doctor, nurse or midwife can sign in order to prove the pregnancy. Telephone applications will also require a pregnancy to be proven.
The actual value of the vouchers is £3.10 a week if youre pregnant, £6.20 a week for each child under the age of 1 and £3.10 a week for each child between the ages of 1 and 4.
The vouchers can be used in any participating retailer including supermarkets, corner shops, chemists, market stalls, greengrocers and milkmen. Any shops that are part of the scheme will usually display a Healthy Start sticker in their window.