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Insufficient NI contributions
Hello, I wonder if anyone can help me. I was medically retired due to ill health 9 years ago. I have had 3 heart attacks, the last one in 2020 which has limited my ability to do daily activities as well as my mobility even further. I'm 59 and receive a small pension. I didn't apply for any benefits 9 years ago, but now need help. I've just applied for ESA and have been told I'm not eligible because I've not paid enough contributions. Is there anything I can do to appeal? I've paid 35 years of NI, but obviously nothing in the last 9 years. Thank you