HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced a change on replacement national insurance cards, ahead of a phasing out of the traditional plastic card.
When the government invited members of the public to put forward money-saving ideas earlier this year, a suggestion was made that HMRC cut costs by sending out letters to notify people of the national insurance number instead of a plastic card.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed in September that the suggestion had been accepted.
HMRC has now stopped issuing replacement cards but will still provide written confirmation of a national insurance number if requested.
Anyone who has recently applied for a national insurance number or is approaching the age of 16 and is eligible to receive a number automatically will still be sent a plastic card and this will continue for some time while the transition to letters is put in place.