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Prisoners serving a sentence - National Insurance - Serving a sentence

Your entitlement to most benefits stops while serving a custodial sentence in prison as a result of a criminal conviction. If you are claiming benefits and about to go into prison or you are on remand, you should contact the office that pays your benefit as soon as possible. This is to make sure that you are not overpaid any benefits that you are not entitled to while you are in prison.

National Insurance - Serving a sentence

While you are in prison and not working or claiming benefits, your National Insurance contributions will stop. This means that when you come to claim some benefits, like State Retirement Pension, you may not be entitled to the full amount. Some people choose to pay voluntary contributions to plug the gap, but you should seek advice to make sure it is worth doing this.

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