Will it never end?
I first started looking at the UK state pension last year after Gareth tried to tell me about it several times. After dealing with HMRC I posted an update.
A couple of days ago I received the following letter. As seems to be par for the course, there was both good news and bad news.
Now, I made a huge mistake when I didn't keep a copy of what I sent them for my own records, so I can't really complain about anything here. Still, I'm pretty sure I sent them that exact form in January.
Once again this is pretty unhelpful.
I love the contact details they provide:
However, the fact that this letter seems to have only taken about two weeks to arrive is a huge improvement over them sending them via Malta (which seemed to take ten weeks).
Also, the fact that they are asking for a phone number is encouraging -perhaps they will call me to discuss the case or give me advice?
Ha ha. I know it's just a smokescreen ;)
I have printed out the form again and will send it back to this new place. This time I will ask to make Class 3 contributions and pay by Direct Debit.
Anyone else had better luck? How long do you think this will take? Will I ever get my account functional?