Eligibility for other publicly funded services

Eligibility for other publicly funded services

There are a wide range of services available for people living in Scotland that are not classed as public funds for immigration purposes. This chapter describes how a person’s immigration status will impact on their ability to claim these.

Later chapters of this guidance will provide advice on how to effectively assess a person’s eligibility for social services’ support when they have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

Key Facts

  • A person with ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) is not prevented from accessing other publicly funded services due to having this condition. However, their nationality, immigration status or length or residence may be a relevant factor in establishing entitlement to some other services.
  • Local authorities have the discretion to provide free school meals. When these are not universally funded, and school uniform grants, to children in low-income families that do not meet eligibility requirements due to the parent’s immigration status.
  • Many NHS services in Scotland are provided free of charge regardless of a person’s immigration status.
  • Social services’ duties to safeguard the welfare of children, young people leaving care and vulnerable adults may be engaged in order to alleviate destitution when a person or family is prevented by their immigration status from accessing social security benefits and requires accommodation and financial support.