Entitlements for people with NRPF during the coronavirus pandemic

16 April 2020

Updated information includes entitlement to free school meals and job retention scheme

In response to an unprecedented number of enquiries from members of the public who are understandably concerned about what assistance they can claim from the Government when they have no recourse to public funds, we have added information to our website that sets out what their rights and entitlements to various services are and what their options may be if they are struggling financially or at risk of homelessness. This can also be used by councils and voluntary and community sector services that may need to signpost people to this information.

We have also updated our factsheet for councils, which provides guidance on the delivery of support for people with no recourse to public funds in light of the Government's ask that councils in England include this group when securing accommodation for people who are homeless to protect them during the pandemic.

New developments include:

  • Confirmation by HMRC in guidance that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughed workers) is available to an employee who has no recourse to public funds.
  • Changes to the eligibility criteria for free school meals, enabling children in many no recourse to public funds households, including those who are supported by social services under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, to access these or the national voucher scheme whilst schools are closed. 
  • A new online application process for making a change of conditions application to the Home Office to request that the NRPF condition is lifted. 
Although there developments are welcome, we are continuing to work with colleagues across the sector to put forward the case for the wider lifting of the NRPF condition during this period and for adequate funding for councils to deliver accommodation and financial support to people with no recourse to public funds when this is required on public health grounds, or if demand for social services' support increases due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.