Last modified: 12 November 2013
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 there is a temporary disruption to your funds from abroad, there is some very limited provision available - it is only for Working tax credit and Child tax credit. See How to claim.
Also, 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.