unclaimed benefits and national insurance contributions
A relative of mine was unable to work for the last couple of years due to illness. He was very unwell (now disabled but stable) and while seeking diagnosis (it took a long time) he did not claim the benefits he would have been entitled to (he was being signed off work by his GP). If he had claimed those benefits, he would have been entitled to national insurance credits. I am now trying to help him navigate his current financial situation and get things in order.
Is there any mechanism for him to receive the national insurance credits he would have been entitled to if he had claimed benefits during those years? I understand that the benefits he would have been entitled to are impossible to claim retrospectively, but is there any mechanism for past national insurance credits?
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