To notify the Fund of a bereavement, please get in touch with us. Our contact details can be found here.
If the bereaved member was a pensioner member of the Fund please notify us as soon as possible to avoid an overpayment of pension.
Please try to provide as much information as possible including the member's name, date of birth, National Insurance number and next of kin details.
Once notified we will write out and confirm what benefits are payable and whether certificates may be required. Any certificates provided will be returned promptly and will be treated as confidential while in our custody. Photocopies of certificates will be accepted and only returned if requested.
If you record a death through the Tell Us Once system we will also be notified through this service.
A tax free cash lump sum will be paid in certain circumstances upon your death. How much is paid depends on when you left the Pension Scheme and how long you were receiving your pension. You can see how much your death grant is by checking your online My Pension account.
You can tell us who you would like to receive this grant by updating your death grant nominations automatically via My Pension or by completing an Expression of Wish form. The Fund does not have to follow your wishes but we will do so wherever we can. Information on how the death grant is paid out and to whom can be found in the Death Grant Hierarchy.
Be aware when you die, if you are also an active member (i.e. paying into the scheme) then you will only receive one death grant. You will either receive the death in service lump sum or the death in retirement lump sum, whichever is greater.
A survivor's pension is payable to your:
This is an annual pension paid to them every year until they die. How much a survivor's pension is depends on when you were a member of the scheme and for how long. You can view the value of your survivor's pension via My Pension.
*For a cohabiting partner to be eligible for a partner pension, you must be free to marry or enter into a civil partnership with your cohabiting partner, and the following conditions must be met for a continuous period of at least 2 years at the date of death:
Pensions for cohabiting partners are only available to those who were active members, paying into the Scheme on or after 1 April 2009.
You can tell us of a cohabiting partner by completing the Notification of Cohabiting Partner form.
A pension is also payable to eligible children as long as they meet one of the following:
The pension is only payable as long as they meet the above criteria. For example, if they leave full time education at 21, their pension would stop.
Eligible children include:
Login to My Pension where you'll be able to see how much your death grant, survivor's pension and children's pension is worth. You can also update your death grant nominations.Login Now