I wrote about how UK expats can pay into the state pension scheme while abroad here.
I applied to pay class 2 contributions (the cheaper ones) and now, three months later, I have received an answer from the Pension Service.
It's not a very helpful answer, but it does clear a couple of things up.
I came straight to Japan after university, so I have never paid into the UK pension scheme. This means I cannot pay class 2 contributions (the cheaper ones).
People who have paid into the scheme can pay class 2 contributions, and can also pay them in arrears.
If you are eligible and it makes sense for you to do so, I suggest you do this as soon as possible, as class 2 contributions may be phased out soon.
As for me, I will get in touch with my case worker and 'let her know' that I would like to pay class 3 contributions. She neglected to give me her email address, so I guess it will be another letter and six weeks before I hear back from her. I'll keep you posted.
Anyone else paying into the UK pension scheme from Japan? Is it a good idea?