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Eligible Cohabiting Partners' Pensions


This page will be amended to reflect the recent judgment that indicates that members will no longer need to nominate an eligible cohabiting partner in order for the surviving cohabiting partner to receive a survivor’s benefit.



Pensions for eligible cohabiting partners were introduced from 1 April 2009 but these only apply to pensioners who were active contributing members to the Scheme from 1 April 2009.

Death of an eligible cohabiting partner pensioner (retired after 31 March 2015)

A long-term pension is payable of:

  • Your accrued pension (including any pension given up for a tax-free cash lump sum) for membership in the Scheme after 31 March 2015 recalculated as if it had built up at a rate of 1/160th, PLUS
  • 49/160th of the amount of any pension credited to your pension account following a transfer in, PLUS
  • 1/160th of your final pay times the total post 5 April 1988 membership (plus any relevant additional membership) in the Scheme up to 31 March 2015 upon which your pension is based.

Death of a eligible cohabiting partner pensioner (retired between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2015)

A long-term pension is payable of:

1/160 x deceased’s final pay x deceased’s total post 5 April 1988 membership only (plus any relevant additional membership)

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