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Death benefits

When you die, your survivors may be eligible to receive benefits from the Police Pension Scheme 1987 (PPS 1987). Survivors include your

  • widow
  • widower
  • civil partner, and
  • children.

The benefits which may be payable depend on the length of your qualifying service at the date of your death. They also depend on whether you die:

  • in service
  • after you have left but before retirement
  • after you retire.

The benefits that may be payable when you die include:

Death gratuity

If you die:

  • as a result of an injury on duty, or
  • within 12 months of receiving an injury on duty

your spouse or civil partner (or child or dependent relative) may be entitled to a gratuity under the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. This does not form part of the pension scheme.

Gratuity - Estate

If, when you die, the various awards payable under the PPS 1987 (excluding the lump sum death grant) are less than your total pension contributions, an extra award equal to the balance of those contributions will be paid to your Estate.

Notify us about a death

Complete the online notification of a deceased scheme member form