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For members of the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales

What death grant is paid if I die when I am still paying into the LGPS?

This news article was published on 30 Nov 2021

If you die in when you are still paying into the LGPS, a lump sum death grant of three times your assumed pensionable pay is paid. It does not matter how long you have been a member of the LGPS, provided you are under age 75 at the date of death.

If you also have a deferred benefit and/or a pension in payment from a previous period of membership of the LGPS, the lump sum death grant paid is the greater of:

  • the total of any lump sum death grants payable from the deferred and/or pensions in payment
  • three times your assumed pensionable pay at the date you die

Where an independent registered medical practitioner certifies that, during the period used to determine assumed pensionable pay, you were working reduced contractual hours because of the ill-health which led to death in service, the assumed pensionable pay is calculated on the pay you would have received during that period had you not been working reduced contractual hours.

If you pay Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) arranged through the LGPS, the value of your AVC fund is also payable.


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