A recent High Court judgement has removed the requirement for members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to register details of their cohabiting partner to receive a dependant's pension in the event of their death.
This means Greater Manchester Pension Fund can pay a dependant's pension to the eligible cohabiting partner of a former member of the LGPS, who died before 1 April 2014, even if they did not register details of their partner with us.
How this affects you
Did you have a cohabiting partner who:
- Left the LGPS between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2014, and
- Died before 1 April 2014
If so you will be entitled to draw a pension from us, as long as you meet the conditions for who is classed as cohabiting partner. Briefly this means...
- You must have lived together as if married for at least two years, and
- Your partner must have been someone you were free to marry. And
- You must be able to prove you were financially dependent or interdependent on each other.
If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive a cohabiting partner’s survivor's pension if your partner died before 1 April 2014, you can ring our helpline on 0161 301 7000.