Bounty Joy

Treasury written question – answered on 19th January 2022.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department first became aware that Bounty Joy Ltd were not providing information to women they were contacting who had recently given birth on the possible loss of some pension rights in the event that those women did not apply for child benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department first became aware that Bounty Joy Ltd were not providing information to women they were contacting who had recently given birth on the possible loss of some pension rights in the event that those women did not apply for child benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

HMRC do not have a direct contract with Bounty Joy Ltd.

HMRC’s Customer Communication Services Contract is with Communisis UK Ltd. Communisis have a sub-contractor relationship with Bounty Joy Ltd.

Child Benefit claim forms are included in birth packs handed out to new parents by Bounty representatives on maternity wards. Bounty representatives do not have an official role in explaining Child Benefit eligibility criteria, nor the possible implications of not submitting a claim. This information is, however, included on the front page of the Child Benefit claim form.

Although access to maternity wards for Bounty representatives has been limited throughout the pandemic, Bounty have continued to supply the packs to maternity wards as usual, to be handed to new mothers by hospital staff.

Qualifying Years for State Pension can be accrued in different ways: National Insurance (NI) contributions whilst individuals are working or self-employed; by being credited with NI credits whilst being in receipt of certain benefits (including for Child Benefit); and through making voluntary NI contributions. As an individual’s NI record can be filled in a number of ways not all individuals will require the National Insurance credits that come with Child Benefit.

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