What do we mean by No Recourse to Public Funds

An explanation

No recourse to public funds (NRPF) is a term used for people who are subject to immigration control and have no entitlement to welfare benefits, to home office asylum support for asylum seekers or to public housing

The term derives from the 'no recourse to public funds' condition applied to certain immigration statuses, e.g. spousal visas, but is generally expanded to include anyone who cannot access certain public services. People who have 'no recourse to public funds' can become destitute and homeless and there are very few avenues for support accessible to them.

The resources included in the term 'public funds' are a range of benefits that people on low income are given as well as housing support. These include:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Carer's allowance
  • Child benefit
  • Child tax credit
  • Council tax benefit
  • Disability living allowance
  • Housing benefit
  • Allocation of local authority housing
  • Local authority homelessness assistance
  • income based job seeker's allowance
  • Income support
  • Pension credit
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Social fund payments
  • Working tax credit

If you require more information, please visit the website for the UK government's Department for Work and Pensions. Alternatively, see 'related pages', 'downloads' or 'other useful websites'.


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