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Death in Service Benefit

Ensure that your dependants receive timely assistance in the event of your death.

Who is it for?

All civilian staff enrolled in a pension scheme

What do I get?

Death benefit is a feature of each of the Occupational Pension Schemes relevant to MOD and, depending on the scheme, provides a lump sum of between 2 and 3 times pensionable pay to the employee's nominee. 

Depending on your pension provider, the following pay be payable:

  • a widow’s or widower’s pension

  • a civil partner’s pension

  • a partner’s pension

  • a child’s pension

  • a death benefit lump sum

  • a widow’s/widower’s Pension Scheme (WPS) refund

This gives members peace of mind in the knowledge that their loved ones can be taken care of if something were to happen to them.

Next Steps

  • 1

    You should ensure you are familiar with the Death in Service Policy and Death in Service FAQs.

  • 2

    Ensure your Next of Kin / Emergency Contact information is kept up to date. You can do this online via MyHR or by contacting the DBS Enquiry Centre. You should also make sure that your Next of Kin / Emergency Contact has your Line Manager's details to ensure that they are able to make contact if necessary.

  • 3

    Ensure your Death Benefit nominee details are correct. To change your nomination, you should contact your relevant Pension Scheme:

  • 4

    For more information about the benefits to be paid to your nominees, please see your relevant scheme website:

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