What are Public Funds?

If you are an immigrant in the UK and are living there on a residence permit, this could well include a condition that you have no recourse to public funds. If this is the case, it means you will not be able to claim benefits, tax credits or housing assistance that are paid by the British state.

There are however some exceptions where you can recieve certain funds and if you are in any doubt, you can contact the relevant department or agency, often the Department for Work and Pensions or HM Revenue & Customs or you can also contact our London based legal team for assistance.

What are public funds?

In the UK public funds are benefits given to people on low income and/or on housing support and include the following:

  • income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • income support
  • child tax credit
  • universal credit
  • working tax credit
  • a social fund payment
  • child benefit
  • housing benefit
  • council tax benefit
  • council tax reduction
  • domestic rate relief (Northern Ireland)
  • state pension credit
  • attendance allowance
  • severe disablement allowance
  • personal independence payment
  • carer’s allowance
  • disability living allowance
  • an allocation of local authority housing
  • local authority homelessness assistance

Public funds and National Insurence

Public funds and national insurance contributions are two separate things and receiving public funds does not affect the money you can receive from your national insurance contributions.

National insurance is paid on a monthly basis and it’s based on your earnings. Your contributions from your time of work could result in you benefitting from the following:

  • contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • incapacity benefit
  • retirement pension
  • widow’s benefit and bereavement benefit
  • guardian’s allowance
  • statutory maternity pay”

Ask our Expert Legal Team

At Gulbenkian Andonian, we pride ourselves on “Excellence, Experience and Efficiency”. With over 35 years of experience on your side, our team of London based lawyers and solicitors have a wealth of experience advising individuals, families and businesses of all sizes to find clarity on UK law.

Whether it is about a complex or straightforward UK immigration issue, buying or selling a property, divorce, employment, corporate matters, making a will, notary services or discussing any legal issue of your choice – Gulbenkian Andonian is here to help!

Call us on +44 (0) 207 269 9590 or fill out the form below, and we will reply to within 24 hours on UK working days.

    Neither Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors ltd, nor their employees, agents, consultants or assignees, accept any liability based on the contents of written articles which are meant for guidance only and not as legal advice. We advise all readers to take professional advice before acting. If you would like to consult with a professional lawyer or solicitor to discuss your case, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.