Home Responsibilities Protection

Overview

Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP) was a scheme to help protect parents’ and carers’ State Pension. National Insurance credits replaced HRP in 2010.

You may still be able to apply for HRP if, for full tax years (April to April) between 1978 and 2010, you were either:

  • sharing the care of a child under 16 with a partner you lived with and they claimed Child Benefit instead of you - you can transfer their HRP
  • caring for a sick or disabled person

You can also apply if you were a foster carer for a full tax year between 2003 and 2010.

Any HRP you had before 6 April 2010 have been converted into National Insurance credits (up to a maximum of 22 years). You must have reached State Pension age on or after 6 April 2010 for these credits to go towards your State Pension.