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Dependants' pension

In addition to a spouse's, partner's or civil partner's pension, a pension can be paid to dependants. A dependant is anyone who was financially dependent on a member on the day of the member's death. It can include children (step, adopted or illegitimate children), parents, brothers and sisters.

New dependant children's pensions are automatically paid up to the age of 17/18 (depending on the scheme). Pensions beginning on or after 6 April 2006 will cease to be paid on the beneficiary's 23rd birthday even if the child remains in full time education. The change does not affect invalidity pensions payable under the Classic Scheme, for which members contribute an additional 2% of pay, whatever date the pension commences, or children already in receipt of a pension where the age limits remain in place.