12675 Married women and widows: reduced-rate elections
Prior to 12 May 1977, married women and widows were able to elect to pay reduced Class 1 contributions. Similarly, if self-employed they could elect to pay no Class 2 contributions (although Class 4 contributions remained payable).
Married women and widows who had reduced liability on 12 May 1977 can keep it unless:
•in the case of a married women, the marriage ends in divorce or is annulled;
•the marriage ends because the woman is widowed, and she does not qualify for widow’s benefits;
•widow’s benefit ends, other than on remarriage; or