7.1.9 All classic members contribute 1.5% of their salary towards a pension for their spouse or civil partner in the possible event of their (the member’s) death. If the member never married and remains single until the point of retiring, they may be eligible to receive a refund of these contributions (a small amount is held back in the event of the member marrying or entering a civil partnership after retirement). If they have been married or in a civil partnership for only part of their service, they are entitled to a refund of the contributions they have paid since their marriage/civil partnership ended.

This also applies to alpha members who have banked classic service.

Please note: Members who are in a civil partnership when they take their benefits will receive a refund of all their contributions for their service before 6 April 1988. This will only be paid if the member had not been married previously. In that case, they will receive a refund only of contributions paid since their marriage (or most recent marriage, as the case may be) ended.

7.1.10 classic members will not receive a refund of the additional scheme contributions payable from 1 April 2012.

7.1.11 Members of classic plus may be eligible for a refund of the 1.5% contributions they paid towards a pension for their spouse or civil partner up to 1 October 2002. To receive a refund of these contributions, the member must have been unmarried prior to this date and remained so up to the point of retiring. A small amount of the refund may be held back in the event of the member marrying or entering a civil partnership after retirement.

Published:
5 January 2022
Last updated:
5 January 2022