National Insurance is a contribution paid to the government by those in employment or earning an income through self-employment. The amount you pay will vary depending on your income. Your payments entitle you to some state benefits so if you ever find yourself out of work or having to claim disability benefits then you will be covered as a result of your contributions. Here you can find out more about national insurance rates, contributions, state pensions, what to do if you’ve lost your card and more. Find answers to your N.I. questions or get in touch with the National Insurance helpline.