Information for members of the LGPS and those with police, firefighter, teacher and NHS pensions

What happens when I die?

How your pension is paid out after your death.

As a deferred member, a death grant lump sum is paid equal to:

  • five times your deferred pension if your benefits became deferred after 31 March 2008
  • your retirement grant if your benefits became deferred before 1 April 2008.

Payment is normally made to your next of kin or your nominated beneficiary if you have completed an expression of wish form. You can either:

  • download and complete the form below
  • complete an electronic version of the form via the Hartlink Online Portal (you will need to register before you can use this facility).

However, the County Council, as administering authority, has full discretion on who to pay the death grant to.

Spouses, civil partners, or cohabiting partners

In addition to the death grant, pensions are payable to your spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner and any eligible children.

If you left before 1 April 2008, cohabiting partner’s pensions are not payable.

Spouses, civil and cohabiting partners will receive a dependent’s pension after your death based on:

  • 1/160 x your pensionable pay paid in each year from 1 April 2014 (with relevant increases)


  • 1/160 x your membership before 1 April 2014 x your final pay

A cohabiting partner’s pension will be based only on your membership after 5 April 1988 (as noted above, a cohabiting partner’s pension is not payable if you left before 1 April 2008).

If you married or entered a civil partnership after your retirement, the dependent’s pension may not be based on all of your service.

Pensions for eligible children

Eligible children will receive a pension after your death calculated in the same way as the spouse, civil partner, or cohabiting partner’s pension, but using a fraction of 1/320th instead of 1/160th.

If there isn’t a spouse, civil partner, or cohabiting partner’s pension payable, the children’s pension is increased from 1/320th to 1/240th.

If there is more than one eligible child, the value of two children’s pensions will be shared between all of the eligible children.

Eligible children

Generally, eligible children will be your natural, adopted or step-children (or children treated as members of the family) who are below 18, or below 23 and continuing in full-time education. Dependent disabled children may be eligible at any age if they meet certain criteria.

Last updated:
9 July 2018

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