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Equal survivor benefits for same-sex partners

Members who are in same-sex civil partnerships and same-sex marriages will now receive the same survivor benefits that widows in opposite-sex marriages already receive.

The government's making this change after a Supreme Court ruling in 2017. This said that the male spouse of a deceased occupational defined benefit scheme member was entitled to the same benefits that would be paid if they had left behind a widow in an opposite-sex marriage. Up to now, these members were entitled to the less generous benefits granted to widowers in opposite-sex marriages.