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The Police Pension (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2007

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Death grants where pension credit member dies before pension credit benefits payable

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60.—(1) If a pension credit member dies before any pension credit benefits have become payable to him under these Regulations, a lump-sum death grant is to be paid calculated in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) The grant shall be of an amount equal to the annual rate of the pension to which the member would have been entitled under regulation 58(3)(a) if he had attained normal benefit age on the date of his death (as calculated in accordance with guidance prepared by the Scheme actuary), multiplied by three.

(3) The lump-sum is payable—

(a)if the member is survived by a spouse or civil partner who is not ineligible under paragraph (4), to that spouse or civil partner, or

(b)if there is no person such as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (a), and if the Board in their discretion so decide, to the member’s personal representatives.

(4) A spouse or, as the case may be, civil partner is ineligible for the purposes of paragraph (3) if—

(a)the deceased and the spouse or civil partner in question were separated by an order or decree of a competent court at the time of the member’s death, and

(b)the deceased was not required by such an order to contribute, and was not in fact regularly contributing, to the support of the spouse or civil partner or to the spouse or civil partner for the support of a child of the spouse or civil partner in question.

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