If you die before accessing your deferred benefits, a lump sum death grant is paid, as well as a spouse's / qualifying partner's pension and children's pensions, where appropriate.

Your spouse or someone else in your family should inform us using our death notification form 

Lump sum 

To protect your loved ones you can make and update your nominations using SPFOnline. Alternatively, you can fill in a nomination form.

If you fail to nominate someone for the death grant, it might take longer for it to be paid and the person receiving it might also have to pay inheritance tax.

It is your responsibility to tell us if you change your mind over who you want to receive the death grant.

If you have separate rights as an active and a deferred / pensioner member, the death grant payable is the higher of the death grants. These amounts will not be added together.


There is no need to nominate your husband, wife, civil partner, or dependent children for a pension payable on your death.

If you left after 31 March 2009 and if you are not married or are not in a civil partnership, but have:

  • Lived with someone for 2 years at the time of your death
  • Whilst both of you have been free to marry
  • Whilst you have been financially interdependent

a cohabiting partner can receive a survivors pension provided s/he meets the criteria under the LGPS regulations.