Pensioners Newsletter

We will regularly send a newsletter called 'in Contact' to scheme members in receipt of a pension, informing them of forthcoming or recent changes as well as other useful information. Copies of in Contact previously sent are available below:

In Contact is sent to retired members once a year.

Current edition

 PDF Document in-Contact issue 17 Issued February 2019 (1.1MB)

  • Welcome
  • Pensions Increase 2019
  • Sudbury Hall
  • Spring Gardening Tips
  • Pension Pay dates for 2019/20
  • Volunteering on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Future Pension Pay Dates
Month Pay Date 
 February 2019  28/02/2019
 March 2019  29/03/2019
 April 2019  30/04/2019
 May 2019  31/05/2019
 June 2019  28/06/2019
 July 2019  31/07/2019
 August 2019  30/08/2019
 September 2019  30/09/2019
 October 2019  31/10/2019
 November 2019  29/11/2019
 December 2019  20/12/2019
 January 2020  31/01/2020
 February 2020  28/02/2020
 March 2020  31/03/2020


Partner’s pensions - legal ruling

A recent High Court judgement and regulation change has removed the requirement for members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to register details of their cohabiting partner to receive a dependant's pension in the event of their death.

This means Staffordshire Pension Fund can pay a dependant's pension to the eligible cohabiting partner of a former member of the LGPS, who died before 1 April 2014, even if they did not register details of their partner with us.

To qualify for a cohabiting Partner’s Pension

Did you have a cohabiting partner who:

  • Left the LGPS between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2014, and
  • Died before 1 April 2014

If so you will be entitled to draw a pension from us, as long as you meet the conditions for who is classed as cohabiting partner. Briefly this means...

  • You must have lived together as if married for at least two years, and
  • Your partner must have been someone you were free to marry, and
  • You must be able to prove you were financially dependent or interdependent on each other.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive a cohabiting partner’s survivor's pension if your partner died before 1 April 2014, you can ring our helpline on 01785 278222.