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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.

Dependant children are eligible for a pension up to age 18 or if they stay in full time education up to age 23 (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.

This 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.

A child can receive a pension for life if they were financially dependent on the member and, in the opinion of the scheme medical adviser, they have a physical or mental disability which means they are likely to be permanently unable to engage in gainful employment.