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National insurance contributions (NIC) - What benefits do my national insurance contributions (NIC) pay for?

National insurance is a tax on your earnings that goes into the National Insurance Fund which pays for various benefits. This guide covers some basic information about NIC.

What benefits do my national insurance contributions (NIC) pay for?

For some UK benefits, you need to have paid or been credited national insurance contributions (NIC). These are called contributory benefits. There are other benefits where provided the rules for claiming apply to you, it does not matter whether or not you have paid any NI contributions. 

Benefits which depend on NIC include:


Benefits which do not depend on NIC include:

Benefits Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Maternity Allowance Yes Yes No
Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance Yes No No
Incapacity Benefit Yes Yes No
Employment and Support Allowance Yes Yes No
Widow's Benefits Yes Yes Yes
Basic State Pension Yes Yes Yes
State Second Pension Yes No No



 

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