Teachers' Pensions

Nominations

It goes without saying that your pension isn’t just about you. It’s also about the people you love and care for. Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about nominations.

  • How do I nominate a partner to receive death benefits?

    Members who aren’t married or have not entered into a civil partnership are able to provide family benefits for nominated partners but you must complete a nomination form. You and your partner must be financially interdependent and have lived with each other for a minimum of two years. If you don’t complete a nomination form we’ll be unable to pay benefits to your partner.

    Only service from 1 January 2007 counts towards family benefits but if you’re in pensionable service when you make the nomination you can buy in pre 1 January 2007 service for a surviving partner benefit at full cost.

  • If I nominate someone to receive a death grant, will they automatically receive a pension too?

    Death Grant nominations and nominations to receive pension are entirely separate. If you nominate someone to receive a Death Grant nomination they will not receive a pension unless you make a pension nomination too.

    It’s your responsibility to keep your nominations up to date. The easiest way to do that is via My Pension Online.

  • Does marrying or registering a civil partnership cancel my nominations?

    No. If you marry or register a civil partnership it doesn’t result in the cancellation of a Death Grant nomination.

    If you marry or register a civil partnership any pension nomination will be cancelled.

    It is your responsibility to keep your nominations up to date. The easiest way to do that is via My Pension Online.

  • On my statement it says that no death grant nomination has been made, but I have made a nomination

    Unfortunately, when Teachers’ Pensions moved over to a new system in 2005 any death grant nominations made prior to 1 April 2005 weren’t recorded on the new system.

    It’s important to note that the death grant is still valid regardless of how long ago it was made – if you were to die, we would check the old system for the nomination you made. To be extra confident and reassured you might like to make a new death grant nomination via My Pension Online.

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