- Dating back to 1911, national insurance was first implemented so working class people had some insurances against illness and unemployment.
- This was expanded after WW2 to help fund the NHS and other social security schemes.
- The Government has set national insurance at 12p for every pound earned.
- It has grown up in parallel with income tax, which traces its roots to the 18th century and is administered separately.
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