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Widow's, widower's or civil partner's pension

If you marry or enter a registered civil partnership after you have started to draw your Xerox Final Salary Pension Scheme pension, you new wife, husband or civil partner will become entitled to a pension in the event of your death. You should inform the Scheme administrator of your marriage or civil partnership by completing a Pensioner – Change of personal details form.

Go to Scheme forms to view and/or print a Pensioner – Change of personal details form.

This pension, which your wife, husband or civil partner will receive for the rest of her or his life, will be equal to one-half of your full pension at the date of death, disregarding any reduction made if you took a cash sum at retirement.


Example:
We assume that a member who retired with a pension of £6,500, having given up some pension to provide a tax-free cash sum, dies subsequently. If the pension given up together with the increases awarded to the member’s pension since retirement equalled £2,000, then the widow’s, widower’s or civil partner's pension would be:

1/2 x £8,500 = £4,250 a year

The widow’s, widower’s or civil partner's pension may be withheld if you die within six months of marrying.

What happens if I get married?