Welfare Foods - a consultation on meeting the needs of children and families in Scotland

Closed 28 Jun 2018

Opened 5 Apr 2018

Feedback updated 10 Oct 2018

We asked

With the Welfare Foods having been devolved to Scotland through provisions in the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Government consulted on proposals to help develop an effective and proportionate Welfare Foods package for Scotland.

You said

The responses to the consultation provided a range of contrasting perspectives on what the Welfare Foods package should deliver and what requirements should be included. Overall, respondents were supportive of the proposals included in the consultation.

We did

The Scottish Government is currently considering the content of the responses.  This will help shape policy development, and we are engaging with stakeholders throughout this process.

Results updated 10 Oct 2018

Please see the analysis of responses to the Welfare Foods - A Consultation On Meeting The Needs of Children and Families In Scotland, held between 4 April 2018 and 28 June 2018.

Summary Report

Main Report

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The powers over Welfare Foods have been devolved to Scotland through provisions in the Scotland Act 2016. As part of the Scottish Government’s drive to give children the best start in life, improve health outcomes and tackle inequality, this consultation is asking how best to take forward these powers to better meet the needs of children and families in Scotland. Welfare Foods includes the current UK Healthy Start Vouchers and Nursery Milk Scheme.

Why your views matter

The Scottish Government is consulting on this unique opportunity to develop an effective and proportionate Welfare Foods package for Scotland that reaches the right children at the right time, makes it easier for families to make healthier choices, improves delivery and makes best use of resources. This consultation seeks the views from all who will be affected by the devolution of Welfare Foods and provides the opportunity for all interested parties to comment.

Download the consultation paper.

What happens next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and
after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material,
responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with
any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so.


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