Death in service

New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006

Death grant

A death grant will be paid if you die while you are paying into the NFPS.

The death grant will be three times your pensionable pay at your time of death. Your actual pay will be used if you work part-time. Account will be taken if you worked worked variable hours.

If you had opted for a split pension, the death grant would be the best of:

  • three times your pensionable pay at date of death or
  • a proportion of the grant based on your pay at the date benefits were split, plus a proportion based on pay at date of death

Nominating someone to receive your death grant

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority has absolute discretion as to whom to pay your death grant, but you may nominate who you would like to receive it using a Death grant and balance of guaranteed pension nomination form.

Partner's pension

If you die in service and whilst contributing to the NFPS, your partner will receive a pension:

  • For the first 13 weeks, pension equal to your pensionable pay
  • After that, half of the higher tier pension that would have been awarded following ill health retirement

If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will only receive a pension if you have nominated him or her. You and your partner will also have to meet certain conditions when you die. See Partner's and children's pensions.

Children's pensions

If you die in service and whilst contributing to the NFPS, your children will receive a pension if they are eligible.

  • If you have one eligible child, his or her pension will be a quarter of the higher tier pension that would have been awarded following ill health retirement
  • If you have two or more children, their pensions would be half of the higher tier pension that would have been awarded following ill health retirement, shared between them
  • If you do not have a partner, any eligible children's pensions will be topped up for the first 13 weeks, equal to your pensionable pay. After that, the pension will be half of the higher tier pension that would have been awarded following ill health retirement