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Are you or have you been a carer? Are you missing out on National Insurance Credits

Date: 14 August 2015 Minister for Pensions, Ros Altmann, is calling on all carers to check they are getting what they are entitled to – and urging everybody to spread the word to carers they may know.
It has been quoted that in the region of 200,000 people with caring responsibilities could receive a boost to their State pension by claiming Carer’s Credit. Currently only an estimated 5% of those eligible are signed up to receive these additional National Insurance contributions.

Signing up for Carer’s Credit for a year means a carer could receive over £200 extra per year in State Pension when they retire.

Minister for Pensions, Baroness Altmann, said: "It is important to recognise how much carers give to society, and I would like to see them receive what they’re entitled to. If carers are not working full time, these credits can fill gaps in their National Insurance record – helping to bolster the amount of State Pension they will receive.

It is straightforward to apply and doesn’t cost anything. There is nothing to lose by signing up – and money to gain for the future. I’d like people to spread the word about this because I don’t want to see anyone missing out”.

To find out more about Carers Credit click here or call 0345 608 4321.

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