No Recourse to Public Funds

Some people who may be experiencing poverty and deprivation or be destitute have an immigration status of ‘no recourse to public funds’. This does not prevent them from accessing help such as the Household Support Fund, debt, money advice or foodbanks, however government rules do mean they cannot claim certain benefits.

A person with no recourse to public funds is only excluded from claiming benefits that are classed as 'public funds' for immigration purposes. Therefore, a person with no recourse to public funds may be able to claim any other benefit if they meet the qualifying requirements. 

Warm Home Discount

This is now closed and will not re-open until October 2024.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a one-off £150 discount off your electricity bill.

If you’re eligible, your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill. The money is not paid to you.

You’ll usually get the discount automatically if you’re eligible. 

You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity and you’re eligible. Contact your supplier to find out.

Household Support Fund

Redbridge Council is using the Household Support Fund to provide a basic safety net support to an individual, regardless of their immigration status, if there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution. Please visit Household Support Fund for more information. 

More information about the qualifying requirements for other benefits is available on GOV.UK. The following organisations can also provide information and advice about claiming non means-tested benefits:

Ilford Community Grocery

The Ilford Community Grocery offers affordable groceries to people in Redbridge. You can join this grocery for £5 a year and you can buy 12 items for just £5 helping your food budget go further. You will get about 80% discount on your grocery bills at the Community Grocery. Visit the shop and see if it is for you. The Community Grocery is located at 25-29 Clements Rd, Ilford. More details: