speak to our specialist team by calling 0300 123 6666
You can speak to our specialist team by calling 0300 123 6666
If the member was not receiving their pension, you can inform us using Government’s Tell Us Once service. As part of that process, most government departments would also be informed. We will then post the relevant claim forms to those dealing with the estate and any named survivors entitled to a dependant pension.
Please note: if the member was receiving a pension at the time of their death, please tell us as soon as possible to prevent us from overpaying their pension. If we do need to reclaim overpayments from their estate, this will not impact on payments of dependant pension benefits, or delay any dependant benefit claim where we have received a valid claim form. See Step 2 - Claim Forms below for more information.
Once we have been informed of the member's death, any pension payments that were being made to the member will cease.
We'll then invite you to apply for a dependent pension, which may include a Widow(er)'s*, Partner's, or Dependent Child's pension. We'll do this by posting out the relevant claim forms to the personal representative and anyone entitled to dependant's benefits.
*Please note: if the member had service in classic, you may be eligible to receive any short-term increase (sometimes referred to as a 91-day uplift). This will be calculated as part of your benefits under the Widow(er)'s Pension, if you're eligible. Find out more in our downloadable guide on How to Claim Death Benefits.
Complete the forms and send them back to us with the documents requested on the form.
We will review your forms and if we need any more information to proceed, we will contact the relevant person.
Once we receive any outstanding information, we will calculate and pay any benefits due. This usually takes around 10 days to finalise.
Claiming a widow’s, widower’s or civil partner’s pension
If a Civil Service pension member dies, we may pay a pension to their surviving widow, widower or civil partner. This will be paid for life unless the member was in the classic pension scheme and the surviving widow, widower or civil partner re-marries or enters into a new partnership or civil partnership. The pension would then stop.
The amount of pension will depend on which pension scheme the member was in when they died. Find more information in the relevant pension scheme guide.
You may be able to apply for a partner’s pension if you were living together in an exclusive, committed, long-term relationship with a member of:
You cannot claim a partner’s pension if there is a legal reason you couldn’t marry or enter a civil partnership with the member. For example, if one of you was married or in a civil partnership with someone else. You will also need to provide evidence that you were either financially dependent on the member or you and the member were financially interdependent.
We will pay a pension to a child who was financially dependent on a pension scheme member when they died. The age a child’s pension will usually stop once the child is 17 or 18, depending on which pension scheme the member was in. Read the scheme guides for more information.
A child’s pension may be paid until 23 if they are in education or vocational training. If they are physically or mentally impaired and, in the opinion of the Scheme Medical Adviser (SMA), their impairment is permanent, the pension will be paid for life.
This could be the member’s:
any other child who was receiving financial support from the member at the time of their death.
We will pay a child’s pension if the child is either:
under 17 (if the member was in classic) or under 18 (if the member was in classic plus, premium, nuvos or alpha)
aged between 17 and 23 (if the member was in classic) or 18 and 23 (if the member was in classic plus, premium, nuvos or alpha) and in full-time education or vocational training
unable to work because of a permanent physical or mental impairment.
If more than 1 child meets the criteria, we will split the pension equally between them.