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UK population from Census 2001 59M

So the UK population is 59M and there are 73M entries in the National Insurance register (It is allocated at the age of 16 automatically). Some people with NINOs will live abroad, but there are so many rumours floating around about fraud it is amazing.

NINOs are used both to receive tax and pay benefits and one would hope, therefore, that the government would make some effort to ensure that the register is OK.

Information about NINOs

This fits within the context of the debate about an ID database. In one sense we already have two. One is the National Insurance register.

Superficially, there are 73 Million live records on the National Insurance register and according to the census in 2001 there are 58,789,194 people in the UK. 3,486,253 are 0-4, 3,738,042 are 5-9 and 3,880,557 are 10-14. That leaves 46,684,342 of ages 15+. At a guess with just under a million a year there are say 46M people of ages 16+ and a National Insurance register of 73M.

Figures as high as 16M have been quoted for UK nationals working abroad (who probably have a live NINO. That gives 46+16=62M. It still means something like 10 Million ghost records on the National Insurance register if that stacks up.

The government, of course, seem to be unconcerned that they have no idea how many false records there are.

Comments

Manfarang said…
Some people working abroad still continue to pay NI contibutions. There must be a figure somewhere of how many there are.
Some foreign students are allowed to work for a year once they have finished their studies as training.
I am sure they would have to pay NI contributions.
Over the last fifty years how many Britons have emigrated? These people may still have NI numbers.
I know of one Briton who died overseas who was still being sent letters years later from the contributions agency. His name was obviously not removed from the list.
Manfarang said…
A question that could be asked is how many false NI records have been found.An analysis of this figure could give some insight into the extent of the amount of fraud.
john said…
Thank you for that suggestion which I think I have now followed up. Save that I have not as yet got an office and are as such in a state of mild chaos.

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