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Welfare benefits

Welfare benefits are payments given by the United Kingdom (UK) government to certain people on low incomes, or to meet specific needs.

If you have UK immigration permission as a student (or in any other category in which you have the condition, ‘no recourse to public funds’ stamped in your passport or on your Biometric Residence Permit) you will not be able to claim most welfare benefits.

However, if you have worked in the UK, then you might be able to claim a benefit based on National Insurance contributions or if you are pregnant or have recently given birth you might be able to claim a maternity benefit such as maternity allowance or statutory maternity pay.

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