Frequently asked questions

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If you are over age 75 at the date of your death, Staffordshire Pension Fund cannot pay a death grant.

If you are an active member of the LGPS after 1 April 2014 and die, we must check if any other LGPS fund across England and Wales (including Staffordshire Pension Fund) will also pay you a death grant for a previous deferred or pensioner record.

If the total death grant calculated with reference to your previous deferred or pensioner records is larger than the active death grant payable by us, then we must pay the larger amount, but the death grants from your deferred or pensioner records would no longer be payable.

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Staffordshire County Council, as the administering authority for Staffordshire Pension Fund, has absolute discretion in deciding who should receive payment of a death grant.

We would normally make payment of the death grant to your legal personal representative. If the amount due from us is more than £10,000, we will ask to see grant of probate or letters of administration before payment can be made to your legal personal representative.

We can, however, take your own wishes into account. You can complete a form to tell us who you would like to receive the payment in the event of your death. If we believe that the nomination is still valid in the event of your death, payment will be made directly to that person or people without the need for grant of probate or letters of administration.

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You can nominate any person.

If you decide to nominate more than one person you must specify what percentage of the death grant you want each person to receive.

If you were to nominate a child who is under age 18 to receive payment of a death grant, we will accept the nomination, but if they are still under age 18 at the date of your death, your nomination would be declared invalid and the death grant would instead be paid to your legal personal representative.

A change in your marital status between the date you complete the nomination form and the date of death will also cause your nomination to be declared invalid.

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