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19 August 2020

Changes to survivor benefits for opposite sex civil partners

From 31 December 2019, survivor benefits payable to an opposite sex civil partner are now equal to those paid to the widow or widower depending on their gender.

This means that the survivor’s pension is payable to the survivor of a civil partner, where the civil partnership took place after the member stopped contributing to the EAPF, and:

  • The survivor is the same gender as the member – survivor’s pension is based on post 5 April 1978 service
  • The survivor is female, but the deceased member was male – survivor’s pension is based on post 5 April 1978 service
  • The survivor is male, but the deceased member was female – survivor’s pension is based on post 5 April 1988 service

Last updated: 20/08/2020

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