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Contribution credits for parents working 20 hours or less: Home Responsibility Protection (HRP)

​​​​​​Apply for Home Responsibility Protection (HRP)

Complete the form below to apply for HRP contribution credits.

Apply for contribution credits

About Home Responsibility Protection

If you stay at home to care for a child under school age, or you work 20 hours or less per week, you can apply to protect your Social Security contribution record with a credit called Home Responsibility Protection.

This protects your entitlement to a pension and Survivor’s Benefit while you’re not working.

It doesn’t cover you for sickness or parental benefits.

Who can apply

You can claim HRP if: 

  • you're aged 18 or over but under pension age
  • you've been living in Jersey for the last 6 months
  • you work 20 hours or less per week
  • you earn less than £1,164 per month in 2024
  • you stay at home to look after a child under school age
  • you live with the child you're looking after
  • the child you're caring for attends school or nursery for 20 hours or less per week
  • the child is cared for by a registered ​​childminder

You can claim HRP for a maximum of 10 years over your working life.

To receive HRP, you can be any of the following:

  • parent
  • step-parent
  • somebody living with and looking after the child
  • single
  • married
  • co-habiting
  • civil-partnership 

Only 1 adult in the family can claim HRP.

Parental benefits

You cannot claim HRP while you’re receiving parental benefits. However, you can still apply for HRP so that the credits start as soon as your maternity benefit ends.

If you're receiving HRP and have another child, you need to check if you're eligible for parental benefits. 

Parental and family support

Working and claiming HRP

You can work up to 20 hours a week and still claim HRP.

If you work more than 20 hours a week, contact us.

If you become employed and pay Class 1 contributions, we’ll automatically stop your HRP credits for the months you're working.

Back dating HRP credits

We can back date your HRP credits. 

Contact us for more information on how to do this.

If your claim is not allowed

If we decide you're not eligible for HRP credits, we’ll write to you to tell you. We’ll also tell you what to do if you’re not happy with the decision.

If you’re not eligible for HRP, you’ll be expected to pay Social Security contributions.

About contributions

Change in circumstances while you're claiming 

We need to know if:

  • the number of hours you work changes
  • the amount that you earn changes
  • you and your child change address
  • another child joins the family
  • you and your child leave the island for 28 days or more
  • you or your child go into hospital for 28 days or more
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