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What support can I receive as a Non-UK National

If you come to live in the United Kingdom you may be eligible for financial help. To get this help you must be able to prove residency and that you are registered as a worker.

Working out what you are entitled to can be very complex and we strongly suggest you make an appointment with one of the local providers listed in the section below so you can talk through your circumstances.

No recourse to public funds

If you have a residence permit that allows you to live in the UK, it may include the condition that you have no recourse to public funds. If so, it means you will not be able to claim most benefits, tax credits or housing assistance that are paid by the state.

Public funds include a range of benefits that are given to people on a low income, as well as housing support.

Public funds do not include benefits that are based on National Insurance contributions, so if you are working and pay National Insurance, you may be eligible for these benefits.

The NRPF Network  can provide information and support regarding migrant people without recourse to public funds.

Access to medical treatment

If you move to the UK, you (and your family) will not be charged for NHS hospital treatment from the date that you arrive, as long as you intend to live permanently in the UK, and you have the right to live permanently in the UK.  You’ll be expected to prove that you meet these requirements.

Access to education

In most cases, children will be entitled to a place in a state-funded school.  Children are required to attend school from the September following their 4th birthday.

Access to housing

The Housing rights website at www.housing-rights.info/index.php gives information for recent arrivals in England for advisers about entitlements to housing, based on people’s immigration status.

Homeless Link’s website has information about entitlements to support at www.homeless.org.uk and guidance or organisations seeking to support individuals with no recourse to public funds.

Whole Body Therapy

Award winning Social Enterprise providing specialist falls prevention exercise , Seated exercise and specialist massage services to all but specializing in services for the disabled and older people. Mainly outreach service to peoples homes and care homes.

Falls prevention exercise for those at risk on a one to one or group basis– paid service.

We have an over 50s Exercise & social group at Fanshawe Community Centre on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 6pm.

We also have an Falls Prevention programme for people (over 50) with mild cognitive impairment and their carers  in Barking.  Contact Sarah or Kim for information on venues (see number below).

Massage services for wellbeing improvement but also for injury treatment.

East London Solutions Quality Kite Mark Holder.

All workers DBS checked

  • Sarah Allman

  • 63 Rugby Road
    Dagenham

    RM9 4AJ

  • 07806205942

  • 07548960359

  • wholebodytherapy@hotmail.co.uk

  • 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Sunday

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Widowed Parent’s Allowance is payable where somebody was bereaved under state pension age and has a dependent child or children.   State pension age is increasing for women and will become 65 for both men and women by 2018.

The benefit can also be claimed where somebody is pregnant and the spouse has died. The benefit can carry on being paid until there are no children who are entitled to child benefit. In order to claim the benefit, the late partner must have paid National Insurance contributions and the amount payable depends upon the contribution record.  If the partner died as a result of an industrial injury or disease then the benefit can be received even where no National Insurance contributions had been paid.

The benefit stops if a new relationship is formed and the couple are living together. In order to claim this benefit the spouse and claimant must not have been divorced before the death.

Here is more information about  Widowed Parents Allowance.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

William Bellamy Children’s Centre (legal advice sessions)

William Bellamy Children’s Centre is working in partnership with Sternberg Reed Law company to offer free legal advice for residents.

This is available on the first Friday of every month for 3 hours in the morning.  You can either book an appointment or just walk in.

 

  • Anyone on reception can help you

  • Frizlands Ln
    Dagenham

    RM10 7HX

  • 020 8270 6506

  • office@w-bellamy.bardaglea.org.uk

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Woman’s Trust

We  provide up to 18 weeks of person centred counselling for women who are experiencing or recovering from domestic abuse. Woman’s Trust can also be accessed through workshops and support groups across West and East London.

Please give us a call on the number below for an initial conversation so we can find out more about your situation and ensure you get the best help possible.

 

 

  • Tracey Burke-Taylor

  • Woman's Trust
    PO Box 70420
    London
    NW1W 7QL

  • 02070340303

  • 02070340304

  • general@womanstrust.org.uk

  • Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat-Sun CLOSED

Working Tax Credit

This is payable to people who are working full-time. This means over 16 hours for single parents, over 24 hours a week for couples with children and over 30 hours for others. It can normally only be claimed by people over 25 unless they have children or disabilities. If aged over 60 people only need to work at least 16 hours a week to qualify.

This benefit is paid by HMRC and is based on annual earnings. People whose earnings change within a tax year will need to contact the Department in order to make sure that they receive the correct amount.

Unlike most means tested benefits there is no capital cut off and the calculation is based on earnings before tax.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.  

To explore if Working Tax Credit is relevant for you, you can get more information by clicking here.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

Young People Advisers (careers)

The young people’s education, training and employment services offer a variety of information and activities.  You can contact them via the telephone numbers detailed below.

They can offer:

  • careers advice
  • one-to-one meetings and CV writing with trained centre staff
  • work experience
  • apprenticeships
  • traineeships
  • supported internships
  • college courses
  • university and job applications
  • Paul Temme or Jean Bradford or Lisa Holmes

  • Paul Temme 020 8724 3763 or Jean Bradford 020 8724 3764 or Lisa Holmes 020 8724 2629

  • paul.temme@lbbd.gov.uk - jean.bradford@lbbd.gov.uk - lisa.holmes@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm

Youth & Women Support Network (YOWSUN)

Youth and Women support network is a UK based voluntary organisation that unites Women and youths in the UK, and also inspires them towards a purposeful existence.  We help the youth and women we support, to grow as individuals and create a strong frame work towards personal development, self discovery and a true individual identity.

YOWSUN provides opportunities for personal growth, social interactions, empowerment opportunities and sharing knowledge and education about the societies within which these women dwell through community projects that benefit them. We help people seeking more meaningful lives achieve their goals by channelling their aspirations through our services and projects of self development and capacity building. It is through this transformational and holistic approach to self discovery that the individuals we support live more purposeful and fulfilled life.

  • Mutiat Abebowale

  • 13 London Road
    Barking

    IG11 8AA

  • 020 3239 1281

  • Thursdays 10am - 4pm.