New National Insurance credits for Armed Forces spouses and civil partners

We want to make sure that the Armed Forces and their families receive fair treatment from the nation which they serve, as set out in the Armed Forces Covenant. As well as the new State Pension, this year has also seen the launch of a new National Insurance credit designed to help Armed Forces spouses and civil partners protect their future State Pension.

National Insurance contributions and your State Pension until 2015/16

Last autumn, I published a number of blog entries to help explain how the old system worked. Through this entry, which focusses on the period up to 5 April 2016, I want to show how people may have paid different amounts of NI over their working life through to the end of the tax year 2015/16, and how this has contributed to the State Pension they are or will become entitled to.