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Pensions: National Insurance Contributions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who will reach state pension age between now and April 2010 with 30 years or fewer national insurance contributions or credits.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

The latest information available indicates that at the end of the financial year 2003/04 there were around 1.8 million people due to reach state pension age before the 6 April 2010 who had not yet accrued more than 30 qualifying years for basic state pension.

Notes

1. Figures refer to people who are estimated to be resident in the UK in 2003-04.

2. Entitlement to basic state pension depends on a number of factors including the number of qualifying years accrued, home responsibilities protection and the spouse's contribution record.

Source

Lifetime Labour Market Database 2, 2003-04

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