4. What National Insurance is for

National Insurance contributions count towards the benefits in the table.

Benefit Class 1: employees Class 2: self-employed Class 3: voluntary contributions
Basic State Pension Yes Yes Yes
Additional State Pension Yes No No
Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Yes No No
Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance Yes Yes No
Maternity Allowance Yes Yes No
Bereavement benefits Yes Yes Yes

Class 4 contributions paid by self-employed people with a profit over £7,956 don’t count towards state benefits.

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