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I'm self-employed and managed to break my ankle in mid December. I was advised that I could apply for Employment Support Allowance and went through the application process with the DWP.


I've had the response through today that I have been refused ESA as my NI contributions for the last tax year were not enough.


My business took a real hit during 2012 and it has been blood, sweat and tears to keep it afloat, which I have managed to do. I was awarded exemption from NI during this time.


My question is simply whether their decision is something that can be argued? I mean, Jesus Christ, do the thousands of pounds of NI that I have faithfully paid in the twenty years I have constantly worked count for nothing?

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:sorry: From what you've written the decision is likely to be correct. A claim for employment n support dated December 13 depends on a minimum number of paid national insurance contributions during the two tax years ending April 12.


By definition anyone working more than twenty four hours a week at minimum wage earns more than Government say a couple need to live on, currently £112.55 per week. Have you checked whether you've any entitlement to low income benefits; housing, council tax reduction, help with health costs, etcetera?



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