Landmark ruling for cohabiting partners - Elmes v Essex
A recent High Court judgement removed the requirement for members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to nominate their cohabiting partner to receive a survivor’s pension in the event of their death.
Before this ruling, a survivors’ pension was only paid to a cohabiting partner (for members who died between between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2014), if the scheme member had filled in a nomination form. This means that, subject to meeting certain criteria, some cohabiting partners may now be eligible for a survivors’ pension if their partner died between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2014.
Please note that if you, or your cohabiting partner are a member of the 2014 scheme, then a nomination form is not required to be completed.
If you would like more information on this change, including the criteria, then please contact us.