Benefits for people from abroad

Domestic abuse survivor wins universal credit appeal case that will help destitute EU citizens and families residing in the UK live with dignity  

08 November 2023
A landmark ruling in the Court of Appeal has held that the government is required to consider the fundamental rights of EU citizens and their families residing in the UK, including their right to live in dignified conditions, before refusing universal credit support.

Destitute EU nationals with PSS can rely on EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to obtain Universal Credit

SSWP v AT (AIRE Centre and IMA Intervening) [2022] UKUT 330 (AAC); SSWP v AT [2023] EWCA Civ 1307
Judgment of the Upper Tribunal three judge panel dismissing the Secretary of State’s appeal against the decision of the First-tier Tribunal was given on 12 December 2022. The Secretary of State appealed to the Court of Appeal The case was heard in the Court of Appeal from 8 - 10 March 2023. A further hearing took place on 10 October 2023. The judgment of the Court of Appeal is due to be handed down on 8 November 2023.

‘No recourse to public funds’, ‘person subject to immigration control’ and benefit entitlement

October 2023
This factsheet provides basic information about what having a ‘no recourse to public funds’ condition or being a ‘person subject to immigration control’ means for benefit entitlement.

Rights to benefits and tax credits for European nationals

July 2023
This factsheet provides basic information about the rights of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members to access benefits and tax credits following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).

EU carer owed thousands by DWP after winning legal battle to be included in disabled wife’s universal credit award  

23 May 2023
An EU citizen (WV) who is a carer for his severely disabled British wife (J) has – with support from Child Poverty Action Group - won a legal battle with the DWP after a Tribunal found the couple were wrongly underpaid universal credit for nearly 2 years while he had pre-settled status, since the couple’s joint claim was refused by the DWP in 2020.     

EU Citizen Guide to Claiming Benefits in the UK

May 2023
This factsheet give a very basic explanation of which benefits European Union nationals can claim, depending on their immigration status

Benefits for resettled Ukrainians

April 2023
This factsheet provides basic information about the rights to benefits for resettled Ukrainians escaping the war. It also provides basic information about the potential impact on the benefits and other entitlements of ‘hosts’ of resettled Ukrainians.

Benefits for resettled Afghans

April 2023
This factsheet provides basic advice about the benefit rights of Afghan families admitted to the UK under several different resettlement schemes since the return of the Taliban to power in 2021.

Benefits for new refugees

February 2023
This factsheet is for people who have been granted refugee status, indefinite leave to remain, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave – as long as one of these applies to you, you have the same rights to benefits as UK nationals.