TalkSport The Government has confirmed that it will be increasing the food tax threshold for people with pre-existing conditions to £100,000 a year from £75,000.
The announcement comes as more than 2.4 million people were forced to take part in the Government’s “bulk buy” scheme after it became apparent that many people could not afford to buy enough food to meet their dietary needs.
It means people will have to make a financial contribution to the Government in order to meet the new price cap.
The Food Standards Agency has announced that it is now also allowing those with pre, or existing, conditions to purchase food through the government’s Healthy Homes scheme.
The scheme will also allow people with chronic conditions to buy the equivalent of an average of 10,000 meals a week.
Under the scheme, which will run from December 2019, eligible people with conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or severe arthritis can purchase up to £15,000 worth of food a year.
This will be in addition to the £15 million in subsidies already available to those who are eligible.
People with chronic illnesses will be able to buy up to 4,000kg of fruit and vegetables a year for the same price.
There will also be new limits on how much meat and dairy products people can buy per week, and people will be required to make the same contribution towards the cost of their food.
While it is not yet known how much food the new scheme will cover, the Government has indicated that it would cover at least 5.4m people.
“It’s great news that we’re finally going to see a real increase in the food we eat,” Health Secretary Mark Drakeford said.
“And it’s good news that the Government is now providing a real pathway for people to purchase healthy food for their family.”
The government has announced plans to raise the price cap for the Healthy Homes Scheme by 1.2p to £50,000 per person a year, while the government is also extending the range of supplements available through the scheme to people with the same condition.
However, the introduction of the new rules will be delayed for two months.
In addition, there will be a further $10 billion in extra funding to help those with health conditions who need extra help.
According to the Health Alliance, more than 7 million people in the UK are currently eligible for the scheme and the Government hopes to have the new prices in place by March 2019.
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