So this is a new one on me. My wife got around to applying for her pension yesterday. We have been deferred for 3 years due to working abroad. Been back in the UK since August and not working. I suddenly realised it would make sense for her to apply sooner rather than later as she will not be taxed this year. Anyway - message arrived from TPS today questioning her contributions for a period in 1998. The only reason they questioned is that she had been working part time for several years and in the middle of it all she was full time for 2 months. In fact this was correct. She had been doing various supply and part time and then got offered a maternity cover for half a term. However, TPS wanted to confirm this - contacted the Local authority who said they had no records!!! Luckily my wife has all the pay slips. She now needs to sort it out with the council which is easier said than done in these Covid times. Meanwhile pension is on hold. Seems mad when it actually is correct! Moral of the story - always keep your pay slips.