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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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Hello, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015, up until July 2017 he was working part time. We have just tried to claim ESA as he is no longer able to work. He has been declined on income part as we both draw our private pensions total £1,300 per month. He has also been declined on Contribution as not paid enough NI for last 2 years which we are shocked about, but this has also impacted on his State Pension, he has worked for 42 years!!! Unfortunately we have used savings etc to live on and not claim benefits but now we find things tight we are unable to get anything. My husband would love to work but he can't. I am working part time but this is difficult as I have to run the home and look after him. I am unable to claim Carers Allowance. We find the benefits, tax, NI jargon very difficult to understand. Does anyone know if we can appeal the underpaid NI contributions, we were totally unaware of this situation until now. Apparently my husband contracted out at some point but we were unaware of this until now. Help please.