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If you die while you are an active member (and your service was at least 12
months), a lump sum death grant of three times your annual pensionable earnings at the time of your death (final pay) will be paid to your surviving spouse or civil partner.

If you have no spouse or civil partner and at the discretion of the Police Pension Authority, it can be paid to a declared partner.

If you have no spouse, no civil partner and no declared partner and at the
discretion of the Police Pension Authority, it can be paid to a person nominated by you.

Otherwise, it can be paid to your legal personal representative – usually the executor of your will – and it will thus form part of your estate.

If you wish to nominate someone to receive your lump sum death grant you should complete a lump sum death grant nomination form.

A nomination does not override the provision that the grant will go to
a surviving spouse, civil partner or declared partner, if you have one, but it would take effect if you have no spouse, civil partner or declared partner or if you and your spouse, civil partner or declared partner were to die at the same time.

Note that a nomination for a lump sum death grant is not the same as a declared partner declaration. The nomination for a lump sum death grant relates only to the payment of that grant.

You should contact your pensions administrator if you are unsure about the effect of a nomination.

If you work part-time, the lump sum will be three times your annual pensionable earnings (final pay) paid to you for your part-time work.

Example

A part-time member of the police force dies while a member of the 2015 Scheme.

When s/he died her/his current annual pensionable earnings were £8,400 per year and her/his full-time equivalent pay was £21,000 per year.

The lump sum death grant payable in respect of her/his death would be £8,400 × 3 = £25,200.

His/her dependants would also receive benefits in line with the information provided in adult survivor benefits and child survivors.

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