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National Insurance Numbers

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

From July 2006 the Department for Work and Pensions will introduce a “right to work” condition into Jobcentre Plus's National Insurance Numbers (NINOs) allocation and decision making process for employment related applications. Regulation 9 of the Social Security (Crediting and Treatment of Contributions, and National Insurance Numbers) Regulations 2001 will be amended to enable this change.

Any individual applying for a NINO in connection with employment who does not have the right to work here legally will be refused one. This change follows a review conducted by the Department of the existing legislation governing the allocation of NINOs.

Previous regulations since the 1948 Act was introduced establishing the National Insurance system have never included a “right to work condition”. NINOs were never designed to act as evidence of an individual’s identity or to confirm that people have the right to live or work in this country. Current legislation requires employers to check that an individual has the right to work under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.