Benefits and National Insurance Contributions
Some benefits that are available in the UK are linked to the NIC contributions that you and sometimes your spouse or your civil partner have made.
Here is a list of benefits that are related to NIC contributions:
- State pension
- Bereavement allowance / payment
- Widowed parents allowance
- Additional state pension: this is available to class 1 national insurance contribution payers only
- jobseekers allowance - contribution based for class 1 NIC payers only
If all of this is a bit confusing, then don't worry - there are many people available who you can talk to in and around job centres and so on who will be able to guide you through what you do need to know and will help you with any enquiries or with any queries you have with regard to benefits and what you should or shouldn't be able to claim and the relative amounts.