A visitor has asked for the following question to be posted:
Could you please clarify – Manx NI numbers are accepted in the UK presumably – as it is stated in our Contributions leaflets that UK numbers are accepted by Manx DHSS Contributions offices.
I am anxious to check this as have family moving from IOM to Durham and when the daughter of a friend moved from IOM to Bournemouth (with a letter from our Contributions office stating her NI number was accepted in UK) the local DSS office disputed this – the girl could not get a job - she had the offer of a job but could not commence this without giving NI number which she did not have due to the UK not accepting the IOM number – so to make a long story short girl ended up losing her flat, being in debt, being sent food parcels from mum in IOM, getting ‘crisis loans’ which she would never had needed had her NI number been sorted out – (and is now is being told she has to repay the crisis loans which she shouldn’t have needed anyway). I have tried to find something in writing on the various websites stating what the situation is re: NI numbers from IOM – all I have found is in the NI38 leaflet (Social Security Abroad) on page 1 which states “This leaflet does not apply to everyone. If you are: going to Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man, you don’t need this leaflet because the social security systems there are linked to the UK’s and vice versa”.
Please could you help me get some clarification on this.
Ian HollowayThe Learn Centre
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