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Benefits - introduction

Learn about the benefits you can get and how they are paid. If you are not happy with a decision, find out what you can do and how you can appeal.

If you pay national insurance, find out which contributions pay for which benefits.

National insurance – contributions and benefits

Information on national insurance contributions including classes of contributions, contribution conditions for benefits and how to get a national insurance number.

Payment of benefits and tax credits

Payment of benefits and tax credits by direct credit transfer into bank and building society accounts or Post Office card accounts.

How volunteering affects your benefits - overview

What you should do if you're volunteering while you're on benefits.