If you die on pension, a lump sum death grant may be paid, as well as a spouse's / qualifying partner's pension and children's pensions, where appropriate.

Our lump sum payable on death in retirement chart provides more information on the death grant that may be paid.

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. You can alternatively 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 were an active member 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.