Lost National Insurance number

How can Rosanne find out her National Insurance number from the UK?

Lost National Insurance number

Rosanne thinks she might be eligible for a UK state pension but doesn’t know her National Insurance number to enable her to find out.

Q. Rosanne
I am trying to contact the UK to get an estimate on how much of a pension I would receive. We moved to Australia in 1994 and my husband and I both worked full time in the UK up until then. I need my National Insurance Number but I don’t know how to get it. Can you please tell me how I can find out?

A. You can contact the National Insurance helpline in the UK, and providing you can answer a few questions, you should be able to retrieve it this way. You won’t be given the number over the phone, but you will receive a letter of confirmation, which may take some time to arrive. You should obviously note that it may be quite expensive to call the UK, and it may be a long telephone call. The number is +44 (0)300 200 3502.

If you don’t want to make the call, or are not able to answer the necessary questions, you can complete form number CA5403 and send it to the address on the form. You can download the form at www.gov.uk.





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    ourjeffie
    16th Nov 2015
    10:18am
    Anybody who hasn't kept a record of their National Insurance Number doesn't deserve a pension :)
    roy
    16th Nov 2015
    10:37am
    Says Mr Perfect.
    casey
    16th Nov 2015
    12:33pm
    Who keeps records for ( in my case ) 47 years a move of 12000 miles and numerous moves within Australia.
    loadmaster
    16th Nov 2015
    10:55am
    If you have an old payslip from those days, or an old tax return, it may be on there. I know it's unlikely, but I kept a copy of each.
    Hope you can get it sorted because you only need 1 year of contributions to get 1/30 of a full pension (if I remember rightly) and it sounds as though you had many more years contributing than that :)
    johninmelb
    16th Nov 2015
    11:26am
    Yes, I only worked in the UK for less than a year and get £7.67 a week. Full pension is currently £115.95, so I get about 6.6% of it. They pay me monthly, and at current exchange rates, about $63 a month goes into my account.
    johninmelb
    16th Nov 2015
    11:21am
    Here is the email address for the International section of UK Dept of Work and Pensions:

    TVP.INTERNATIONALQUERIES@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

    and here is the website:

    https://www.gov.uk/state-pension-statement

    They are probably going to be able to find your records if you give them full name, DOB, UK address, employer etc.
    maelcolium
    16th Nov 2015
    12:03pm
    Do it through the ATO when you file your return.
    johninmelb
    16th Nov 2015
    12:28pm
    ATO has nothing to do with UK Pensions.

    Of course you have to declare as income if you still submit tax returns, otherwise, they are not interested.

    Also has to be declared to Centrelink as income. However, they will know as British Government tells them.
    casey
    16th Nov 2015
    12:27pm
    I worked in the UK from April 1964 to January 1969.
    I applied not knowing my national insurance number. I downloaded the forms. It took a while but I was rewarded with $3500-00 lump sum and a pension of $164-00 per month.
    I would like to mention I am a self funded retiree and do not receive an australian age pension. Or any of the benefits.
    loadmaster
    16th Nov 2015
    2:25pm
    Casey, it sounds as though you deferred your UK pension for a time. I've deferred for nearly 3 years as I'm still working.
    Can you tell me please, how you find out whether it's more worth your while to take the lump sum or take the higher pension? When you apply, do they give you the option? Thanks
    johninmelb
    16th Nov 2015
    2:38pm
    loadmaster,

    The lump sum you get is the amount of money owing from time of eligibility to when they make the first regular payment. I also got a small lump sum, as my eligibility date (65th birthday) was in February and they started paying the pension regularly in June.
    casey
    16th Nov 2015
    2:57pm
    I didn't defer my pension. My eligibility date was January 2014, but I didn't know I could make a claim until early 2015, when a friend suggested I try.
    loadmaster
    16th Nov 2015
    3:18pm
    Thanks John. I understand how they work out how much, but I wondered if they gave you the option of the lump sum + due pension, or the larger pension at the time you apply. Sorry I didn't explain myself properly originally. Thanks for your answer though.
    I'm hoping that they might say 'you can have 3,000 pounds lump sum + 'normal' pension or you can have 150 pounds per week instead of 100 because you haven't claimed for 3 years'......I'm guessing at those figures.
    loadmaster
    16th Nov 2015
    3:22pm
    Thanks Casey. So strictly speaking, your pension has been deferred from 2014 to 2015........even though you didn't actually ask them to defer it. I understand what you're saying.
    FrankC
    16th Nov 2015
    3:43pm
    loadmaster, yes they tell you and give you options. You will have to write and get full details and figures.
    loadmaster
    16th Nov 2015
    3:54pm
    Thanks Frank. Very helpful
    FrankC
    16th Nov 2015
    3:39pm
    Roseanne,
    You can write to : The Pension Service ,International Pension Centre ( IPC ) Tyneview Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1BA England, OR you can email them at: tvp.internationalqueries@thepension service.gsi.gov.uk


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