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Civil partnership

The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into effect on 5 December 2005, allows two people of the same sex to register their relationship as a 'civil partnership'. If this applies to you and you were in the pension scheme on or after 6 April 1988, the scheme must provide a pension if you die and leave a surviving civil partner, whether the civil partnership took place before or after you left pensionable employment.

The benefits differ depending on the scheme:

Classic

If a member dies with at least two years service and leaves a surviving Civil Partner, they will receive a pension at the rate of 50% of the members pension based on the service from 6 April 1988. If a member dies in service, we will normally add some additional years of service to their pension. For the first three months after a members death, a civil partner will receive a pension at the rate of pensionable pay if they die in service, or at the rate of their own pension if they die after retirement. This increased pension may be paid for a longer period of time if any dependant children are in the care of a Civil Partner.

Classic Plus

A Civil Partner will receive a pension at the rate of 50% of the member's pension based on service from 6 April 1988 to 30 September 2002 and 37.5% of the members pension based on service from 1 October 2002. If a member dies in service, we will normally add some additional years of service to their pension.

Premium and Nuvos

If a member has a minimum of two years' service a Civil Partner will receive a pension at the rate of 37.5% of the members pension. If a member dies in service, we will normally add some additional years of service to their pension.