NHS Number

Roland Perry lists at internetpolicyagency.com
Tue Jan 11 07:37:23 GMT 2011

In article <B35A6EE8-8625-4D57-9634-FF6524EB0F0D at st-kilda.org>, Fearghas 
McKay <fm-lists at st-kilda.org> writes
>> In England and Wales that would be an attachment of earnings order.
>> You _can_ apply for such an order even if you don't know the
>> defendant's NI number or indeed the identity of their employer. In
>> practice you'd apply for the debtor to be questioned and if they
>> refused to supply the relevant information you'd ask the court to
>> commit them to prison. Very few former landlords are sufficiently
>> bloody minded to do so.
>Indeed but having the number up front makes it easier and more importantly quicker to finish the process of getting your money.

But this is a classic example of scope-drift. Your NI number is not 
supposed to be a proxy (or index to) your employer. If they want to know 
who your employer is, they should ask (and in this case they already 
did, elsewhere on the forms).
Roland Perry

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