Consultation on Proposed Changes to Pre-2002 Civil Service Widows/Widowers Pension Arrangements

Consultation opened on 16 December 2015. Closing date 09 February 2016.

Summary

The Department of Finance and Personnel has consulted on the proposed changes to pre-2002 Civil Service widows/widowers pension arrangements with effect from 1 April 2016.

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Consultation description

This consultation sets out the Department of Finance and Personnel’s proposed changes to pre-2002 Civil Service widows/widowers pension arrangements with effect from 1 April 2016.  The Department proposes two key changes: to remove the cessation for surviving widows/widowers in the event of future remarriage or cohabitation, and, to reinstate pensions to surviving widows/widowers who have remarried or cohabited with a new partner.  It is intended that both elements will come into effect from 1 April 2016.  Payments will not be retrospective.

The consultation period on proposed changes to pre-2002 Civil Service widows/widowers pension arrangements began on 16 December 2015.  The Department welcomed responses from surviving widows/widowers who may be impacted by the current policy; civil service members of the ‘classic’ section; civil service and pensioner representative groups and civil service employers.

After the consultation period ended on 9 February 2016,  the Minister for the Department of Finance and Personnel agreed the Department’s response to the consultation.

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