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am i entitled to job seekers allowance if my partner works and we get working tax credits for him and i do not claim any benefits at all at the moment


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Always make a claim. Even if you get no benefit, if you are credited with NI it is worth it. You would be entitled to Earnings Related JSA for 6 months, but then you would be assessed as a couple for overall benefits. Mike

Yes, as MikeGG1 has stated, they will still pay your NI, which will go towards your pension later on in life.

NI Contributions will only count towards state pension if they are paid for a complete tax year. Any contributions paid/credited for part of the tax year do not count unless the voluntary contributions for the missing/remaining months are paid.

So far as the part year until you left work is concerned, that would count if you paid enough contributions. There is a minimum level to count for pension. If you paid at least that then the whole year counts. Are you able to claim Home Responsibilty? That would credit you for pension purposes if you are not seeking employment. You would need a young child for that. The other thing to bear in mind is that you only need 30 years accrual for a full basic pension currently, which is not much more than half the working life of 52 years officially projected and which I expect to rise to 54 years before long. That 30 years includes any Home Responsibilty added. Mike