A NIN is not just for Christmas, it’s for life

Shortly after we arrived in the UK back in early October, I sent away for a National Insurance Number (NIN). I already have one as I worked here over 15 years ago but I couldn’t remember what it was so I had to fill in a “I’ve lost my NIN form” and send it away.

They took a very long time to get back to me – almost two months! I phoned them a couple of times to find out what the problem was and whether I could just get a new one. They were adamant that the NIN was for life and that everyone only ever gets one NIN. Ok, no worries, I’ll just wait.

Earlier this week my NIN finally arrived in the post – yay – so I emailed it to the HR department at my work. Then yesterday my NIN arrived again – but it’s different to the first one! Now I have two 🙂

21 thoughts on “A NIN is not just for Christmas, it’s for life

  1. Oh yes you have come across our squeezed-to-the-bone bureaucracy system, where any official paperwork takes week to get through the bottleneck that is the seemingly one sole person who is dealing with that area.
    Your kids might have UPNs now that they are in school, I don’t know if the system extends to Scotland. These are Unique Pupil Numbers, and very rarely they get allocated two, which causes problems. But never the other way round! Magically, no-one two pupils ever get the same number that I have heard of.

    1. I haven’t heard of the UPNs so if the kids have one, I don’t know what it is.

      There is a lot of bureaucracy, I do agree. It probably doesn’t help when mistakes like this happen and end up taking up more of everyone’s time. Although it would have been best if I just hadn’t lost my NIN to begin with.

      1. I’m sure it’s also Nine Inch Nails in the UK too. But I haven’t listened to this group since I was about 18 years old so it was the furthest thing from my mind when I wrote this however you’re not the only person to have thought that’s what I meant.

      1. It’s more a case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. You get that a lot with British bureaucracy. Stick with it and you’ll probably get a dog license. 🙂

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