National Insurance

The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”
Boris Johnson playing Connect 4 with an old lady
National Insurance

The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”

The government’s regressive social-care levy will make Britain’s tax system even more complex. Root-and-branch reform is long overdue.
18 Sep 2021
Why the government's plan for funding social care is a lousy one
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Why the government's plan for funding social care is a lousy one

Insisting that people use their property wealth to pay for social care is perfectly reasonable, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
10 Sep 2021
What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!
Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Sajid Javid
UK Economy

What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!

The government is to fund social care costs by raising National Insurance contributions and adding a “health and social care levy”. John Stepek looks …
7 Sep 2021
What are national insurance contributions?
National insurance contributions

What are national insurance contributions?

Most of us pay National Insurance contributions but few of us really understand them. Help is at hand with our quick guide to demystifying this esoter…
21 Sep 2020
Why you should keep a close eye on your National Insurance contributions
National insurance contributions

Why you should keep a close eye on your National Insurance contributions

The state pension now requires a 35-year record of National Insurance payments to get the maximum payment. Check your record is correct, because any m…
20 Dec 2019
Grandparents allowances: make sure you claim pension benefits for babysitting
Personal finance

Grandparents allowances: make sure you claim pension benefits for babysitting

Many people may be missing out on future state pension benefits because they’re unaware of grandparents allowances that reward them for caring for you…
5 Jun 2019
How to fix the fuss over National Insurance contributions
National insurance contributions

How to fix the fuss over National Insurance contributions

The solution to all the fuss over National Insurance contributions for the self-employed is simple, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We all pay the same tax…
14 Mar 2017
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'Stay at home' mums: don't lose your NI credits
Insurance

'Stay at home' mums: don't lose your NI credits

Thanks to new rules on child benefits, some mothers could miss out on collecting their National Insurance credits. Here's how to make sure you don't.
9 Apr 2013