If you die while a deferred member of the LGPS, your spouse, registered civil partner, nominated / eligible cohabiting partner, next-of-kin or person dealing with your Estate must inform the Dyfed Pension Fund immediately.
A lump sum death grant is payable if you die while a deferred member of the Scheme. However, the rate at which its calculated is dependent on whether you left the Scheme before or after 1 April 2008.
You are able to nominate an individual(s) or even an Institution(s) to receive the payment of your death grant. In order to do so, you will need to make a death grant expression of wish by completing the appropriate form. Alternatively, you can update your expression of wish via the My Pension Online service. Where NO nomination has been made, payment of the death grant will normally be made to your Estate or Personal Representatives.
Left on or before 31 March 2008?
If you left the Scheme on or before 31 March 2008, the death grant payable in respect of your deferred benefits in the event of your death will be 3 times the value of your deferred pension at your date of death i.e. your automatic lump sum. For the appropriate Death Grant Expression of Wish form, please click here.
Left on or after 1 April 2008?
If you left the Scheme after 1 April 2008, the death grant payable in respect of your deferred benefits in the event of your death will be 5 times the value of your deferred pension at your date of death. For the appropriate Death Grant Expression of Wish form, please click here.
The Dyfed Pension Fund retains absolute discretion as to whom it pays your death grant to. In the event of a dispute, the payment will be made to your Estate or Personal Representatives.
Be mindful that you will need to keep your death grant expression of wish up to date, at all times. If there is any change to your previous nomination, you will be required to update your expression of wish by completing a new Death Grant Expression of Wish form or updating online.
The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) provides cover for your Survivor's in the event of your death as a deferred member. If you left the scheme on or before 31 March 2008, a survivor's pension will be automatically payable to your spouse or registered civil partner, as well as any eligible Children you may have. If you left the scheme on or after 1 April 2008, a survivor's pension is also automatically payable to your eligible Co-habiting Partner, subject to certain qualifying conditions.
The survivor pension payable to your spouse, registered civil partner or, subject to certain qualifying conditions, your eligible co-habiting partner is then payable for their lifetime.
For membership built up from 1 April 2014 to your date of death, the pension payable to your spouse, registered civil partner or eligible co-habiting partner is equal to 1/160th of your pensionable pay times your membership in the scheme after 31 March 2014; plus 49/160ths of the amount of any pension credited to your pension account following a transfer of pension rights (if applicable).
For membership built up before 1 April 2014, the pension payable is equal to 1/160th of your final pay times your membership in the scheme up to 31 March 2014 (unless you marry after your retirement, in which case it could be less).
For your eligible Co-habiting Partner, the amount payable as a survivor's pension may be less if you have elected not to pay additional contributions in respect of your membership before 6 April 1988.
For a survivor's pension to be paid to your eligible Co-habiting Partner, all of the following conditions must have applied for a continuous period of at least 2 years before your death:
- you are both free to marry or enter into a civil partnership with each other;
- you have been living together as if you were husband and wife, or civil partners;
- neither you have been living with someone else as if you / they were husband and wife or civil partner;
- you are financially dependent or interdependent on each other.
If you left the scheme on or before 31 March 2008, a survivor's pension will NOT be payable to an eligible Co-habiting Partner.
If a deferred member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) dies leaving an Eligible Child(ren), they are entitled to a children's pension, which shall come into payment on the day following the member's death.
Children's pensions are payable to the surviving parent or legal guardian until they reach at least 18 years of age. Children who are eligible can be legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, or any child accepted as a member of the family and dependent on the deferred member.
Special consideration is given to children in the care of both a surviving parent or a guardian where the child is physically or mentally disabled, and has been since before age 18. In this instance, pensions are payable for as long as the disability continues.
Pensions can also be paid to children over the age of 18, providing that they remain in full time continuous education, or undertaking an approved training course for at least 2 years.
Pensions payable to Eligible Children are payable until a maximum age of 23.
To find out more, please contact us.