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Prisoners serving a sentence - National Insurance - Serving a sentence

This guide provides information about entitlement to specific benefits if you are serving a prison sentence.

National Insurance - Serving a sentence

While you are in prison and not working or claiming benefits, your National Insurance contributions will stop. This means that when you come to claim some benefits, like State Retirement Pension, you may not be entitled to the full amount. Some people choose to pay voluntary contributions to plug the gap, but you should seek advice to make sure it is worth doing this.

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