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The Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Wales) Order 2007

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Pensions for surviving spouses, civil partners and nominated partners

1.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this rule, a pension is payable on the death of—

(a)a firefighter member who satisfies an eligibility condition and dies while employed by an authority; or

(b)a former firefighter member who—

(i)has been awarded a deferred pension under rule 3 of Part 3 which has not come into payment,

(ii)is in receipt of a deferred pension under that rule; or

(iii)is in receipt of a pension under any of rules 1, 2, 5 and 6 of Part 3,

to the deceased’s spouse, civil partner or nominated partner (“the survivor”) for the survivor’s life (a “survivor’s pension”).

(2) A survivor’s pension is not payable if the survivor (as the case may be) is convicted of the murder of the deceased; but this is subject to paragraph (4).

(3) Subject to paragraph (5), where the survivor is convicted of the manslaughter of the deceased, the authority may, as they think fit, withhold the survivor’s pension—

(a)in whole or in part, and

(b)permanently or temporarily.

(4) Where a conviction of the description mentioned in paragraph (2) is quashed on appeal—

(a)a survivor’s pension is payable from the day after that on which the deceased died, and

(b)the authority must, as soon as reasonably practicable after the conviction is quashed, pay the arrears of pension accrued.

(5) Where—

(a)a conviction of the description mentioned in paragraph (3) is quashed on appeal, and

(b)the authority have withheld any part of the survivor’s pension,

the authority’s decision under paragraph (3) is treated as revoked and they must, as soon as reasonably practicable after the conviction is quashed, pay the arrears of pension accrued from the day after that on which the deceased died.

(6) Nothing in paragraph (4) or (5) affects the application of paragraph (2) or (3) if the person whose conviction is quashed is subsequently convicted of the murder or manslaughter of the deceased.

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