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Benefits that are public funds

Certain benefits are classed as ‘public funds’ for immigration purposes and cannot be claimed by a person who is subject to the 'no recourse to public funds' (NRPF) condition, unless an exception applies. These benefits are listed at paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules and in the Home Office guidance: Public Funds

The following benefits are classed as ‘public funds’ for immigration purposes: 

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Benefit 
  • Council Tax Reduction (also called Council Tax Support)
  • Discretionary welfare payment made by a council in England, Scotland & Northern Ireland (usually through a council’s local welfare assistance scheme)
  • Disability living allowance
  • Domestic Rate Relief (Northern Ireland)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Social fund payment - includes: 
    • Budgeting loan
    • Sure start maternity grant
    • Funeral payment
    • Cold weather payment
    • Winter fuel payment
    • Crisis loan (Northern Ireland)
    • Community care grant (Northern Ireland)
  • State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

Any benefit that is not listed here is not classed as a ‘public fund’ for immigration purposes and can be claimed by a person who is subject to the NRPF condition if they meet the qualifying requirements.