- Employer liable to deceased member’s estate for failure to prioritise ill-health retirement date (Estate of the late Mrs N, PO-19673)
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- What was the Deputy Pensions Ombudsman’s decision?
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Pensions analysis: In this determination of the Estate of the late Mrs N (PO-19673), the widower of a deceased member of the LGPS who died in service brought a complaint on behalf of her estate concerning the level of death benefit awarded. The terminally ill Mrs N had been approved for ill-health retirement benefits, but died as an active member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) shortly before her employment with the Council was terminated meaning a lesser death grant was paid her spouse. The complaint concerned the leaving date set by the Council after it awarded Mrs N ill-health retirement benefits. Wyn Derbyshire of gunnercooke LLP looks at the decision.
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