I've just come off the phone from Job Centre Plus but the woman made so little sense and I've come away none the wiser so I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether NI contributions should still be being taken (monthly direct debit) during the time I am receiving Maternity Allowance and no other income? I was led to believe they automatically stopped while on MA but am not really sure how it works.
I didn't know they stopped automatically.... do they re-start automatically too then?
I just assumed you'd have to speak to the NI people you set the DD up with (I get a statement from them every so often I think...?) NI is through HM Revenue and Customs while MA is through jobcentre plus - I wouldn't expect/trust them to communicate with each other.
I'm only taking 3mo of absolutely no income/work so was just planning to keep paying my NI as it's only £10-£13 a month and I thought the pain of trying to stop and re-start wouldn't be worth it!
I would call HM Revenue and Customs if I were you (my experience so far with jobcentre plus has been less than convincing )