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Spouse and civil partner

If you die in service, and have at least 2 years qualifying service, your spouse or civil partner is entitled to a pension when you die. The pension payable is 50% of the ill health pension that you would have received if you had been permanently disabled for regular employment at the time of your death.

Your spouse or civil partner is entitled to a pension if they are married to you or have formed a civil partnership with you when you die and:

  • you are receiving a Police Pension Scheme 2006 (PPS 2006) pension, or
  • you have left Kent Police with an entitlement to receive a deferred pension, or
  • you have opted out of PPS 2006 and are entitled to a deferred pension but die in service.

The pension payable is 50% of your pension entitlement at the date of your death.

If your spouse or civil partner is more than 12 years younger than you, their pension will be reduced to reflect the age difference. This reduction will be 2.5% for every year or part of a year over 12 years, up to a maximum reduction of 50%.

If you married or formed a civil partnership within the 6 months prior to your death, then Kent Police has discretion to withhold your spouse's or partner's pension.