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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999

Schedule 13Parts VI and VII: Repeals : National Insurance contributions

Parts VI and VII contain repeals which are consequential on sections 73, 74, 77 and 78. The repeal of paragraphs 8(2) and (3) of Schedule 1 to the Contributions and Benefits Act updates the legislation by removing reference to the payment of National Insurance contributions by adhesive stamps, to reflect the current methods of payment available.

Background

Before April 1993, flat rate National Insurance contributions payable by the self-employed (Class 2) or paid on a voluntary basis (Class 3) could be made by affixing a stamp of appropriate value to a contribution card in respect of each contribution week. Since then, it has been possible to:

  • make a payment of the amount of contributions specified in a written notice issued within 14 days of the end of the quarter in question; or

  • pay by direct debit.

Adhesive stamps ceased to be sold by the Post Office soon afterwards, and could not therefore be used as a method of paying National Insurance contributions. The references in paragraph 8(2) and (3) of Schedule 1 are therefore redundant.

Parts VI and VII of Schedule 13 also include repeals consequential on section 81 and Schedule 11.

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