The largest single payment went to 13 councillors in Newport who received pounds 260,000 but with employers' national insurance contributions
the cost to the public purse was pounds 293,000.
Releasing the NAO's report on the National Insurance Fund, Auditor General Sir John Bourn said: ``The Inland Revenue continue to face challenges in maintaining individuals' National Insurance contribution
records, upon which large amounts of the public's benefit entitlement depend.
Labour has introduced 60 new taxes on individuals and businesses since taking office in 1997 and the one per cent increase in National Insurance contributions
that took effect in April this year was effectively a direct tax rise, giving a top rate of 41 per cent.
The simple fact is that 88pc of small firms are seeing their energy bills rise by up to 15pc, and they are not getting this back in national insurance contributions
,'' said Roland Sherwood, the FSB Welsh policy chairman.
3 per cent in April after taking into account the effect of higher National Insurance contributions
and inflation -and the drop in real income for workers in the private sector was an even larger 1.
For five years, from 1996 to 2001, a computer glitch meant that a large number of people, most on low incomes, did not receive the reminders about mak-ing up their National Insurance contributions
to qualify for the minimum state pension of pounds 77.
CONTROVERSIAL increases to National Insurance contributions
,designed to raise billions of pounds for the NHS,came into effect yesterday.
He is critical in tone of Nick Bourne's opposition to Gordon Brown's increase in National Insurance contributions
before stressing the need ``to create jobs and encourage the growth of an enterprise culture''.
The Conservatives said the government's own figures showed businesses were facing a pounds 440million-a-year bill as the result of the decision to impose national insurance contributions
- at a rate of 12.
Gordon Brown followed his tax promise by telling the Mirror there would be no huge rise in National Insurance contributions
The proposals are part of plans to cut welfare costs and make better use of national insurance contributions
The one per cent rise in national insurance contributions
(NICs) has kicked in and the race is one to find ways of offsetting it by saving tax in other areas.