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National Insurance

Your NI contributions are paying towards your retirement pension and also provide other benefits such as sickness payments, injury benefits and maternity grants amongst other things.

By not paying your NI contributions, you employer is stealing your benefits from you.


It is a legal requirement for employers to deduct National Insurance contributions and to send these to the National Insurance Board (NIB).

The Union sometimes finds that:
  • some employers do not deduct contributions,

  • in other cases, employers issues pay slips which show a deduction, but these are not paid to the the NIB.

In order to check what contributions have been sent to the NIB by your employer, you need to go to any National Insurance Office and ask for a NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS STATEMENT.

You will need some form of ID, and it will help if you know your National Insurance number.

If you see from the NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS STATEMENT that your employer has not been making contribution for you, you can make a complaint.

The information given to you when you are given your NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS STATEMENT will have a covering letter asking if you want to make a complaint.

The advice of the Union is to always lodge a complaint if you think that your employer has not submitted your contributions.

Your NI contributions are paying towards your retirement pension and also provide other benefits such as sickness payments, injury benefits and maternity grants amongst other things.


If you need to go to the National Insurance Board to query whether your employer has paid you NI Contributions, you can download this NWU flyer and take it with you.

You can find details of your nearest NIB Office here.


These are the benefits you are paying in for:

Benefits provided cover

Sickness

Maternity

Invalidity

Employment Injury

Retirement

Survivors

Funeral Grant


You can find more details on the National Insurance Board web page.