- Death grant lump sum
A death grant lump sum is not payable for Deferred Pensions.
A death grant lump sum equal to three times your final pensionable pay is payable if you die in service while you are still an active member of the 2015 Fire Pension Scheme.
You can complete an “expression of wish” form to advise us of your preferences in payment of the death grant. This enables any death grant lump sum that is due in the event of your death to be paid directly to your nominated beneficiaries rather than being paid to your estate.
The fire authority has absolute discretion as to the payment of the death grant. It will consider your preference as stated in your “expression of wish” form and decide on the most appropriate recipient or recipients.
To make an expression of wish please complete a death grant expression of wish form and send it to Hampshire Pension Services.
- Survivors' pensions
In the event of your death, pensions are also payable to a surviving partner and any eligible children. A surviving partner can be a husband, wife, civil partner or an eligible co-habiting partner.
For a pension to be payable to a co-habiting partner the following conditions need to be met:
- you have been in a relationship and living together for at least two years
- you are financially interdependent
- you are free to marry or enter into a civil partnership
There is no requirement to nominate a co-habiting partner to enable them to receive a survivor's pension. However to help with the administration of benefits payable in the event of your death, you are advised to complete a co-habiting partner nomination form.
- Childrens' pensions
In the event of your death, pensions are also payable to any eligible children.
Eligible children are those that are financially dependant on you and under the age of 18. Pensions can be paid up to the age of 23 if the child remains in full time education.
If you have a permanently disabled child who is financially dependant on you then a pension can also be paid to them, regardless of their age.
More information about death benefits can be found in the Guide to the firefighters pension scheme 2015 (England).