On the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) website, I've just come across a mention of the above.
For women in my position - ie not working, but looking after one of my grandchildren, not entitled to my state pension until I'm 66 - this could prove useful in boosting the pension I'll eventually get (I hope!). I have a 41 year NI record, but many of those years won't be counted towards the new state pension as I was opted out for a significant chunk of them.
If I'm reading this correctly (and I have occasionally been known to be wrong ), I can be credited with Class 3 contributions (which count towards the state pension and certain bereavement allowances only) for looking after DGS2, even though it's not full-time.
I'm guessing there are other Gransnetters in this position who haven't heard about this, so hope this will be helpful. I've filled the form in now anyway - nothing ventured, nothing gained!
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