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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Widow’s pension when member dies after pension becomes payable

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G3.—(1) Except where regulation G6 applies (member marries after leaving pensionable employment) and regulation S5 (benefits on death in pensionable employment after pension becomes payable), the widow’s pension payable on a member’s death after a pension becomes payable under this Section of the scheme will be as described in this regulation.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), the widow’s pension for the first three months after the member’s death (six months if the member leaves at least one dependent child who is dependent on the widow) will be equal to the member’s pension if that amount is greater than the amount of widow’s pension and child allowance that would otherwise be payable under these Regulations.

(3) For the purpose of paragraph (2), no account is to be taken of any reduction to the member’s pension under regulation S2 (reduction of pension on return to NHS employment) unless—

(a)the member is—

(i)a 2008 Section Optant within the meaning of regulation 2.K.1 or regulation 3.K.1 of the 2008 Section of the Scheme, or

(ii)a Waiting Period Joiner within the meaning of regulation 2.L.1 or 3.L.1 of that Section, and

(b)on the date of the member’s death the member is an active or non-contributing member of that Section.

(4) Except while the widow’s pension is payable at the rate mentioned in paragraph (2), the widow’s pension will be equal to one half of the member’s pension calculated without regard to any reduction under regulation E11.

(5) If a member who was in receipt of a substitute pension under regulation E5 (further employment after a benefit is paid under regulation E3) dies before the end of the protection period that applies to the member under regulation E5(6)(a) or (b), the member’s pension referred to in paragraph (2) means that member’s original upper tier pension.

(6) For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (4), no account will be taken of any reduction to the member’s pension under regulation E17 (general option to exchange part of pension for lump sum).

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