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Pensions for Partners


Does the scheme, recognise civil partnerships?
Yes. As long as you were a contributing member of the scheme on or after 6 April 1988, the Scheme will provide a survivor’s pension after your death to your civil partner.

I’m not married, or in a civil partnership, but I live with my partner. Will they get a pension after I die?
“Yes. As long as you were a contributing member of the scheme on or after 1 April 2008 and your relationship meets the conditions below.

For at least 2 years before your death, both you and your co-habiting partner must have:

  Been free to marry or enter a civil partnership; and

  Have been living together as if you were married or in a civil partnership; and

  Not have been living with anybody else as if you were married or in a civil partnership; and

  Been financially dependent, or interdependent, on one another

If the above applies to you, you should complete the followign form. To link to the 'Notification of cohabiting partner' form, use the URL for the forms page.

Your partner is financially dependent on you if you have the higher income, and your partner has relied on you to support your standard of living. Being financially interdependent means you both rely on your joint finances to support your standard of living. You do not have to have contributed equally. For all the conditions above, we will need to get proof from your surviving partner when you die. There is a right to appeal if we decide not to pay a pension to your partner when they believe they should get one.