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• received certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (previously called Incapacity Benefit or Invalidity Benefit) or Child Benefit for the whole of the accompanied assignment(s)outside the UK

To find out how much your State Pension is worth, and to check whether there are any gaps in your NI record for the periods you were overseas, you can use an online tool:

How do Iapply? Youcan apply for the new Class 3NI credits anytime from 6April 2016. There is no time limit in applying for the credits, although if you apply after you reach State Pension age any increased State Pension might not be paid for periods before the date of your application.

For information about applying for the new Class 3credit visit dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.

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The Class 1NICredit: Awider range of benefits for deployments since April 2010 The new Class 3credits do not replace the existing Class 1NIcredit for those who have accompanied apartner on aposting since April 2010, and which contribute not only towards entitlement to new State Pension, but also towards Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Bereavement Benefits (to be replaced

for new claimants by Bereavement Support Payments in April 2017).

More information Further information about NI credits for Service spouses and civil partners is available online at ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.

For more information about the New State Pension, visit new-state-pension.

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