Grandparents looking after grandchildren – help with state pension
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Thousands of grandparents caring for their grandchildren over the summer holidays could be missing out on the chance to boost their future State Pension.
Many working-age grandmothers and fathers could qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits for looking after children aged under 12 – which can be used to top up their income in retirement.
Half of Britain’s 7 million working-age grandparents have a grandchild under the age of 16.
Applications for NI credits for caring for children under 12 need to be made to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and must be signed by both the adult carer and the Child Benefit recipient. Applications need to be made after 31 October following the end of the tax year in which the caring took place.