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Qualifying Year

A Qualifying Year for benefit purposes is a year in which you have paid, or you were treated as having paid, National Insurance on earnings of 52 times the Lower Earnings Limit for that year. This means that in order to make a year qualify you must either:

  • Earn 52 times the Lower Earnings Limit or more as an employed earner
  • Be credited with 52 Class 1 National Insurance Credits
  • Pay 52 flat rate Class 2 National Insurance Contributions as a self employed earner
  • Pay 52 voluntary Class 3 National Insurance Contributions
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