Death after retirement: child pension eligibility criteria for member service before 1 April 2008

There are a number of regulations governing the eligibility of children to receive benefits from the NHS (Scotland) Superannuation Scheme following the death of a member. These are outlined below.

  • A child is dependent if under age 17 or over age 17 but has not reached the age of 23 and in full time education; or is in full time training for a trade, profession or vocation, for which they are not receiving remuneration in excess of the allowable maximum.
  • A child is dependent if over age 17 but has not reached the age of 23 and taking a break in full time education, or full time training for a trade, profession or vocation, where the Scottish Ministers’ are satisfied that the child intends to return to some such education or training. The allowance will cease to be payable after 12 months if the child has not returned to full-time education or training, but may be reinstated if the child later returns to such education or training if Scottish Ministers’ are satisfied that the child intended to do so at the start of the break.
  • A child who has ceased to be a dependent child will be treated as a dependent child if they return to full-time education or training for a trade, profession or vocation, for which they are not receiving remuneration in excess of the allowable maximum before reaching age 21 and within 12 months after ceasing to be a dependent child.
  • However, if the child is incapable of earning a living through permanent physical or mental infirmity from which he or she was suffering at the time the member died, the child’s pension may continue to be paid indefinitely if this has been approved by our medical advisor.
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