Spouse, civil partner or nominated cohabiting partners pension

If you were to die whilst in service an ongoing pension is provided for your spouse, registered civil partner or, subject to certain qualifying conditions, your eligible cohabiting partner. This pension is payable immediately after your death for the rest of their life and will increase every year in line with the cost of living. The pension benefits payable are generally calculated as below:

For your spouse (from an opposite sex or same sex marriage) or civil partners pension

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Your membership from 1st April 2014

1/160th of the pensionable pay or assumed pensionable pay you received in each year plus a proportion of any transfer of pension rights credited to your pension account plus, an enhancement equal to 1/160th of your assumed pensionable pay for each year of membership you would have built up from your date of death to your Normal Pension Age.

Your membership up to 31st March 2014

1/160th of your final pay X the period of your membership up to 31st March 2014

Your membership from 1st April 2014

1/160th of the pensionable pay or assumed pensionsable pay you received in each year plus a proportion of any transfer of pension rights credited to your account plus, an enhancement equal to 1/160th of your assumed pensionable pay for each year of membership you would have built up from your date of death if your Normal Pension Age.

Your membership up to 31st March 2014

1/160th of your final pay X the period of your membership from 6th April 1988 up to 31st March 2014, plus any membership before 6th April 1988 if you elected to pay additional contributions to make it count.

An election to pay to additional contributions to make membership before 6 April 1988 count towards the calculation of cohabiting partner's pension must have been made before 1st April 2014.

For a cohabiting partner to be entitled to receive a survivor's pension your relationship has to meet certain conditions laid down by the LGPS. For information about these conditions and for further information on death in service benefits, visit the LGPS members website.

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