The NHS pensions agencies are looking for partners of members of the scheme who died with active service after 1 April 2008 who were denied access to partner benefits.
From 1 April 2008 spouses pensions were made available to partners of members but only where a valid nomination form was completed. A recent court ruling in Northern Ireland (the Brewster case) has made this requirement illegal although partners still need to fulfil the underlying eligibility criteria of being in a financially interdependent relationship for at least 2 years and being in a position to marry/ have a registered civil partnership if they wish.
If any partner was denied benefits on the grounds of not having completed a nomination form they need to contact the relevant NHS pensions agency who will reconsider their claim, and if eligible, make backdated payments.
Find out more on the NHS Pensions website.