Ending destitution together: strategy

A strategy to improve support for people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) living in Scotland.

People the Strategy Will Support

This strategy will work to support people living in Scotland, who are experiencing or are at risk of destitution because of their immigration status and the application of No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) policy.

NRPF restrictions do not impact people equally, and the strategy recognises the different intersectional experiences which can affect people’s needs and access to support. In particular, children in families subject to NRPF, older people and disabled people can be impacted by NRPF and face barriers accessing support. People can be at higher risk of exploitation and abuse if their immigration status in the UK is contingent on their spouse or partner, with women in particular at higher risk of domestic abuse and exploitation. Single adult men with NRPF can be restricted from almost all support, including emergency assistance from local authorities.

The diagram below provides some examples of people who may be subject to NRPF conditions as a result of their immigration status. Guidance on migrants’ rights and entitlements for local authorities[10] sets out in more detail some of the restrictions which can apply because of people’s immigration status.

  • Person with a work visa
  • International student
  • British overseas citizen or British national (overseas)
  • Dependent spouse or family of a person on a work or student visa
  • Person seeking asylum
  • Child of non-UK nationals born in the UK
  • Person with limited leave to remain on a route to settlement
  • Child in care of a local authority who was born outside the UK
  • EEA national without status under the EUSS scheme
  • Stateless person


Email: ScotlandsRefugeeStrategy@gov.scot

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