Rule 69: Guaranteed pensions for surviving partner
284.Rule 69 makes provision in relation to scheme pensioners who die during their initial pension period leaving a surviving partner.
285.The Finance Act 2004(19) requires that, under such a guarantee provision, instalments of pension continue until the end of the guarantee period and it prevents any outstanding instalments being paid as a lump sum.
286.Rule 69(a) provides that the surviving partner’s pension is suspended for the remainder of the guarantee period. Rule 69(b) provides that, during that time, they are to be paid the full ’pension that would have been paid to the deceased.
287.However, where a children’s pension is also payable in respect of the deceased pensioner, the amount payable to the surviving partner is reduced under rule 69(2)(b). The amount is reduced by the amount of children’s pension paid during the initial pension period, except for the period covered by rule 69(2)(a). During the initial three-month period following death, the reduction only applies if the children’s pension is paid to the surviving partner. Where any children’s pension is paid to an eligible child or a person other than the surviving partner, the reduction does not apply, in order to ensure that the three month enhancement of pension guarantee for a surviving partner under rule 59 continues to apply.
288.As a consequence of the restrictions in the Finance Act 2004, rule 69(3) makes provision in the event that the surviving partner also dies during the 5 year guarantee period. In that event, the remaining pension payments under the guarantee period continue to be made, paid to the surviving partner’s personal representatives.
Section 165(1) and Schedule 28 paragraph 2(3)(a) to the Finance Act 2004