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NI credits

The state pension is based on the number of years you have paid National Insurance or have received National Insurance credits. 

You may receive/ have received National Insurance credits if you:

  • through getting certain State benefits;
  • if you were aged 16 – 18 before April 2010;
  • you are/were on an approved training course
  • if your spouse or civil partner is a member of Her Majesty’s force and you are/were accompanying them on an assignment overseas;
  • don't earn enough to pay national insurance;
  • are/were doing jury service;
  • have served a prison sentence for a conviction which was later quashed.

To find out more details about National Insurance credits, and to check your National Insurance record, please visit www.gov.uk/national-insurance-credits/overview.

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