Is Jobseekers Allowance only received if enough NI contributions have been paid?
I have a friend who is 50 years old and been working in the UK for last 17 years in various part time and full time jobs.
He is currently unemployed and went to the Job Centre to apply for Jobseekers Allowance but was told he does not qualify as he has not made enough NI contributions. Is this correct?
Also, he has some other paperwork telling him that he has 17 qualifying years of NIC's but that there is a gap in his NIC contributions for 200-11 and whether he wants to make a payment.
Any information would be appreciated.