Civil partners’ pensions

Civil partners' pensions were introduced to the Scheme in February 2006.

If you die after becoming a deferred member, your surviving civil partner may be entitled to a pension. However, the calculation will depend on the date you left the Scheme and whether the civil partnership took place before or after you left active membership of the Scheme.

The pension for your surviving civil partner could be made up of several parts in relation to your different periods of membership. The total pension payable is the sum of pension relating to each part. 

Death of a deferred member (left the Scheme after 31 March 2015)

Civil partner’s pension = deceased’s accrued pension (including pensions increases) for membership in the Scheme after 31 March 2015 recalculated as if it had built up at a rate of 1/160th

Plus

any 2009 Scheme survivor pension relating to membership prior to 1 April 2015.

Death of a deferred member(left the Scheme between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2015)

Civil partner’s pension = 1/160 x deceased’s final pay x deceased’s total membership (plus any relevant additional membership) up to 31 March 2015*.

If civil partnership occurred after leaving the pension is generally calculated on the deceased’s post 5 April 1978 membership only except for the male survivor of a post-leaving opposite sex civil partnership where the calculation is based on the membership after 5 April 1988 only.

*plus pensions increases

Death of a deferred member(left the Scheme before 1 April 2009)

A short-term pension is payable at the deceased member’s pension rate for three months from the date of death or for six months if eligible children are in the civil partner’s care.

A long-term pension is payable, after the short-term pension ends, at:

1/2 x deceased’s deferred member’s pension (including any pension increase)

EXCEPT please note

  • For all surviving male civil partners of opposite sex civil partnerships, the calculation of the survivor’s pension is based on the deceased’s membership after 5 April 1988 only (plus any relevant additional membership), regardless of when the civil partnership was entered into.
  • For the same sex surviving civil partners and female survivors of the opposite sex civil partners, if the civil partnership was entered into after the deceased left the Scheme, the calculation of the survivor’s pension is based on the deceased’s membership after 5 April 1978 only (plus any relevant additional membership).