April 2016 Public Funds Redefined


Local welfare funds are to be designated as public funds for immigration purposes.

With effect from 6 April 2016 changes are being made to the Immigration Rules in the administration of the Immigration Act 1971 for regulating the entry into and stay of persons in the UK. These amendments provide for the following to be added to the definition of public funds -


a discretionary payment made by a local authority under section 1 of the Localism Act 2011

a payment made from a welfare fund under the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 and

a discretionary support payment made in accordance with any regulations made under article 135 of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

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