Will my pension support my spouse/partner/dependants when I die?

This will depend on what type of pension you have, and whether you die before or after you have started to claim your pension. If you want to find out what benefits are available from your own scheme, you should ask your pension provider or scheme administrator.

Typically, either a lump sum or an ongoing pension may be provided, and sometimes both. You should note that an unmarried partner will not necessarily have any entitlement to benefits.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.