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Employment Support Allowance Contribution conditions

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Did not pay NI conts in 14/15 and 15/16 as I was below lower earnings limit.

 

I am now unable to work due to a health condition.

 

If I opt to pay the contributions for both these tax years is it likely I will then satisfy both of the contribution conditions for an award

(I know I am not entitled to income based as my partner works).

The second condition is really confusing me!!!

 

The guidance online says:-

 

You qualify for contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have paid sufficient National Insurance contributions.

 

There are two contribution conditions you must meet:

 

First contribution condition

- in one of the last two complete tax years,

you must have paid Class 1 or 2 contributions on relevant earnings at the lower earnings limit for at least*26 weeks.

This means you must have worked for at least 26 weeks of the last two complete tax years; and

 

Second contribution condition

- in both of the last two complete tax years,

you must have paid or been credited with,

Class 1 or 2 contributions to the value of 50 times the lower earnings limit.

 

Anybody?? Please

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Fox

 

I'm afraid you cannot buy NI Contributions only Credits, these can be used to meet the Second Condition but not the first.

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Hi thank you for your reply, I was working in those years , I didn’t pay conts because I was below the threshold but had the option to pay no conts at the low earnings level so if I did this would they be class 2 conts , I’m very confused 🤷*♀️ x

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Sorry should say ni conts not no conts

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No they would be either Class 3 Contributions or Class 1 Credits but not the Class 1 Contributions that you need to claim ESA.

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Oh ok that’s a shame, thanks for your help

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If you have care needs or mobility issues, might you be able to claim PIP?


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Oh thank you for replying, I’m going to look into that I feel I should be able to get something even if it’s the low rate x

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