National Insurance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered am ar 26 Mawrth 2015.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Llafur, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers are currently issued in the UK.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The latest available figures (Feb 2015) show approximately 89.2 million National Insurance number (NINo) records on the Department’s Customer Information System (CIS). These consist of:

· 67.1 million – Live Adult NINo records

· 22.1 million – Deceased Adult NINo records

The number of National Insurance numbers held on CIS is always higher than the UK population. This is because once allocated, a National Insurance number remains on the Department’s computer system. This includes both deceased records and where an individual who has been allocated a National Insurance number leaves this country. This is because the National Insurance number provides a permanent numerical link between the individual and their National Insurance Contribution Record which determines entitlement to contributory benefits and State Pension.

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