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HMRC eyes making NICs data available online

HM Revenue & Customs is looking at providing individuals with online access to their personal National Insurance contribution record.

Although the Government is introducing a flat rate pension for future retirees from April 2016, those who do not have 35 qualifying years of NICs will receive less than the full amount.

Speaking at an Age UK and Chartered Insurance Institute event in London yesterday, pensions minister Steve Webb said: “There are talks about giving people better forecasts about what they are going to get.

“They will be able to see where they have got to, see what sort of pension they are likely to get, see if they need to fill gaps in their record and what impact that would have on their pension.

“It will end up much more like online banking than it has ever been before. We are not quite there yet but I hope we will be there soon.”

A HMRC spokesman says: “We are in the early stages of developing the NICs digital offering for our customers and more information will be available when we are closer to going live.”

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