Oct 21, 2020

‘Thousands’ of people unable to get an NI number due to

"The government told me it was still legal to work but my employer keeps asking me for it," says Ciara Conalty, who moved to the UK from Ireland in June to work as a hairdresser. Ciara, 22, is one of thousands of people with the right to work in the UK who have arrived here since March but who have been unable to get a National Insurance number because the government has stopped issuing them. The hairdresser says she struggled to prove to her employer that she could work without an NI number and was then placed on a higher emergency tax code. EU citizens rights group The Three Million says that while the government is right to say that people still have the right to work without an NI number, not every employer knows this. "Individuals can start work without a National Insurance number if they have the right to work in the UK and we are working on a solution to reopen the service soon," a Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said.

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