Abolition of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions: New Eligibility Tests for Contributory Benefits and Maternity Allowance

Consultation opened on 11 September 2017. Closing date 03 November 2017 at 17:00.


In order to comply with its obligations under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Department has undertaken an EQIA on proposals to abolish Class 2 National Insurance Contributions which will be brought forward in a National Insurance Contributions Bill in Westminster.


Consultation description

It is anticipated that the Bill will:

  • Abolish Class 2 National Insurance Contributions
  • Introduce a new eligibility test for contributory benefits based on the payment of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions

Ways to respond

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Sean Garland
Department for Communities
Social Security Policy and Legislation Division
Level 8
Causeway Exchange
1–7 Bedford Street

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