If you die while you are getting a pension, any benefits payable will depend on when you retired and if you have any dependants when you die.
The following benefits may be payable.
A lump sum may be payable if you die, it will depend on when you retired and how many years pension you have received.
If you left or retired before 1 April 2009 a lump sum will be payable if you die before you have taken a full five years' pension.
If you left or retired on or after 1 April 2009 a lump sum will be payable if you die before you have taken ten years' full pension.
If you die on or after age 75, no lump sum can be paid.
When you die, we may be able to pay a pension to your husband/wife or your civil partner or your cohabiting partner and your dependent children.
The amount of pension is based on how long you were in the Scheme, your pay when you retired, and any dependants you leave. The pension will be payable for life to your husband/wife or your civil partner or your cohabiting partner even if they remarry.
If you got married after you retired, not all your membership may count towards a pension for your husband or wife, civil partner or cohabiting partner.
The amount of a survivor's pension depends on a number of factors - please contact us for the details applicable to your circumstances.
When you die it is important that whoever is looking after your affairs lets us know as soon as possible. We can then stop your pension and put in place any new pensions which are due. This will help us make sure we don't make any overpayments and have to claim back money.
In the event of your death we will require whoever is looking after your affairs to contact us and to give us the following information:
Alternatively, you can make use of the government's "Tell Us Once" service which allows you to report a death to most government organisations in one go. The Registrar will give you details about this.
You can let us know your wishes by filling in an Expression of Wish form (see HelpHub).
We make the final decision on whom 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.
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 conditions.
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.
You can also see any survivor benefits that may be payable by logging on the My Pension Online service.