My mother is 74 and retired some years ago after teaching for sixteen years. She took a 1 month break from teaching to look after her aging mother in law while at the end of a job with one LEA and before moving to a new one. She has just told me that by taking that month off, she forfeited her pension contributions that she had made before that date and that her current pension solely consists of contributions made afterwards. Can this possibly be correct? Surely forfeiture of pensions could only happen in cases of gross misconduct? I don't want to press her on it until I know a little bit more.