Nominated Partner's Pensions
From 1 April 2007 partner benefits are available, however, a number of conditions must be satisfied (please also see note below about service prior to 1 April 2007).
- you must have lived with your partner in a permanent exclusive relationship for a minimum of two years
- you must be legally free to marry or to enter into a civil partnership
- you and your partner must be financially interdependant
Some examples of financial interdependency are given below, but these are not exhaustive and not all need to be met. Typically interdependency means:
- you share a household and its related spending
- you have joint bank account or mortgage
- you have made wills naming each other as beneficiaries
- you have mutual power of attorney
You do not need to demonstrate financial interdependency at the time you nominate your partner; this will be checked after you die. Only service from 1 April 2007 will count automatically towards a pension for your partner
To nominate your partner, please complete an application form STSS: PARTNER NOM
It is important that you inform us if your nomination no longer applies.
A Partner's Benefits Modeller is now available in the Calculators section of the site so that you can obtain an estimate of the cost of having any service prior to 1 April 2007 eligible for any partner's benefits which may be payable.
Note: only service from 1 April 2007 will count automatically towards a pension for your partner but if you were a member before that date, you may be able to cover previous service by paying extra contributions. Please contact us to find out how to do this.