Survivor benefits

If you die before you take your deferred benefits, the Scheme makes sure that your family is supported.

Depending on your circumstances it can provide:

 

Lump sum death grant

If you die before you have taken your deferred benefits your next-of-kin may be entitled to a lump sum death grant.

  • If you left before 1 April 1998 a lump sum the same as the members retirement grant

  • If you left before 1 April 2009 a lump sum of 3 times your deferred pension is paid

  • If you left on or after 1 April 2009: a lump sum of 5 times your deferred pension is paid

You can tell us who you would like the lump sum death grant paid to by using the Expression of Wish form in the "Helpful Information" section.


Survivor's pension

If you die before you take your deferred benefits, we will pay a pension to your husband/wife or your civil partner or your cohabiting partner and your dependent children.

Amount of survivor's pension:

If you would like benefits to be paid to a cohabiting partner they will need to meet certain criteria. See who will get my benefits for more information.

Calculating the amount of survivor's pension

For your husband or wife, civil partner or cohabiting partner

1/160th of your pensionable pay multiplied by the total membership you would have built up to your Normal Pension Age.

Note

Only your membership from 6 April 1988 is used for cohabiting partners, although you do have the option to pay additional survivor benefit contributions (ASBCs) to extend this cover to include earlier periods of membership in the Scheme.

For your dependent children

1/320 of your pensionable pay multiplied by the total membership you would have built up to your Normal Pension Age

1/240 of your pensionable pay multiplied by the total membership you would have built up to your Normal Pension Age

1/160 of your pensionable pay multiplied by the total membership you would have built up to your Normal Pension Age

1/120 of your pensionable pay multiplied by the total membership you would have built up to your Normal Pension Age

Important

Your membership is based on your membership at the date of your death plus what you would have built up to age normal pension age, if you had survived and stayed in the scheme until then.

If there is more than one dependent child they share the pension equally.


Who will get my benefits?

Lump sum death grant

We make the final decision on who to pay the lump sum to. Before we make any decision we will consider any wishes you have expressed, but are not bound by this.

You can let us know your wishes by filling in an Expression of Wish form (see Related Documents in the Helpful Information section).

Survivor's pensions

Survivor's pensions are payable to your husband/wife or your civil partner or cohabiting partner.

If you would like benefits to be paid to a cohabiting partner they will need to meet certain criteria:

(a) the person (P) has fulfilled the condition in paragraph (b)(i), and the conditions in (b)(ii) to (iv) for a continuous period of at least 2 years on the date the member (M) died; and
(b) the condition is that-
(i) M is able to marry or form a civil partnership with P;
(ii) M and P are living together as if they were a married couple or as if they were civil partners;
(iii) neither M nor P is living with a third person as if they were a married couple or as if they were civil partners; and
(iv) either P is financially dependent on M, or M and P are financially interdependent;

 

Children's pensions are payable to any eligible dependent children you may have when you die.

Please contact us if you want to know more.

Helpful information