What National Insurance is for

National Insurance contributions count towards the benefits and pensions 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
New State Pension Yes Yes Yes
Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Yes No No
Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance Yes Yes No
Maternity Allowance Yes Yes No
Bereavement Payment Yes Yes Yes
Bereavement Allowance Yes Yes Yes
Widowed Parent’s Allowance Yes Yes Yes
Bereavement Support Payment Yes Yes No

Class 4 contributions paid by self-employed people with a profit over £8,424 don’t usually count towards state benefits.