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Partner's pensions – legal ruling

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.

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