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No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)

If you have permission to enter or stay in the UK, it may include a no recourse to public funds (NRPF) condition. Those who do not have permission to be in the UK and require it will also have no recourse to public funds. The NRPF condition means you will not be able to claim most benefits, tax credits or housing assistance that are paid by the state. There are exceptions for some benefits.

Eligibility for free school meals has been permanently extended to children from all families with NRPF, subject to the following maximum income thresholds:

  • £22,700 per annum for families outside London with one child
  • £26,300 per annum for families outside London with two or more children

These groups include:

  • children of Zambrano carers
  • NRPF families with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • NRPF families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
  • a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Chen carers or families holding a BN(O) passport
  • spousal visa holders
  • work visa holders
  • student visa holders
  • those with no immigration status

If you think you may be eligible, please complete the application form for free school meals from families with NRPF and return it to Devon County Council with the relevant supporting documents for both the immigration category and income. Please contact [email protected] if you would like assistance completing this form.