What is an eligible child?

  • a natural or adopted child who was born before, on, or in the case of a natural child, within 12 months' of the member's death, or
  • a step child or a child accepted by the deceased member as a member of the family (excluding a child sponsored by the member through a registered charity) who was dependent on the member at the date of death.

In addition to the above eligible children must also meet the following conditions:

  • be under age 18, or
  • is aged between 18 and 23 and remains in full-time education or vocational training
  • is unable to engage in gainful employment because of physical or mental impairment and the impairment is, in the opinion of an independent registered medical practitioner, likely to be permanent and the child was dependent on the member at the date of their death because of that mental or physical impairment

How is my child's pension calculated?

  • Children's pensions are payable to eligible children and increase every year in line with the cost of living. The amount of pension depends on the number of eligible children you have and if a pension is being paid to a spouse, civil partner or eligible partner.

    If you left the LGPS before 1 April 2008 and:

    • there is no surviving spouse, or civil partner a short term pension equal to the level of your pension may be payable to your eligible child(ren), for a period of six months
    • if there is a surviving spouse's or civil partner's pension payable but the eligible child(ren) are not in the care of the surviving spouse or civil partner a short term pension would be payable for three months

    The benefits thereafter would be payable in accordance with the table below:

    If you left the LGPS after 1 April 2008 - no short term pension is payable benefits would be payable in accordance with the table below:

    If a partner's pension is being paid to your spouse, civil partner or eligible cohabiting partner:

    One child

    Two or more children

    Your membership from 1 April 2014

    1/320th of the pensionable pay or assumed pensionable pay you received in each year plus a proportion of any transfer of pension rights credited to your pension account

    1/160th of the pensionable pay or assumed pensionable pay you received in each year plus a proportion of any transfer of pension rights credited to your pension account

    Your membership up to 31 March 2014

    1/320th of your final pay X the period of your membership in the scheme up to 31 March 2014

    1/160th of your final pay X the period of your membership in the scheme up to 31 March 2014

    If no partner's pension is being paid to your spouse, civil partner or eligible cohabiting partner:

    One child

    Two or more children

    Your membership from 1 April 2014

    1/240th of the pensionable pay or assumed pensionable pay you received in each year plus a proportion of any transfer of pension rights credited to your pension account

    1/120th of the pensionable pay or assumed pensionable pay you received in each year plus a proportion of any transfer of pension rights credited to your pension account

    Your membership up to 31 March 2014

    1/240th of your final pay X the period of your membership in the scheme up to 31 March 2014

    1/120th of your final pay X the period of your membership in the scheme up to 31 March 2014

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