There’s been a change to the scheme rules so that survivor benefits payable to a same sex spouse or a civil partner are equal to those paid to the widow of a male member. The change is backdated to the date the civil partnerships and same sex marriages were introduced – which is 5 December 2005 for civil partnerships and 13 March 2014 for same sex marriages.
This means that where a member of the LGPS has died leaving a surviving civil partner or a same sex spouse, the survivor’s pension will need to be reviewed and any additional amounts paid, where applicable. We’re in the process of reviewing the impact of this change and will be contacting affected civil partners and same sex spouses in due course.
The change will automatically be taken into account in survivor benefits paid to civil partners and same sex spouses in the future.