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I'm in classic or classic plus, am I entitled to a refund of any of my pension contributions? - classic

Men who have been unmarried throughout their service are entitled to a refund of all their widows’ pension contributions. From 1 April 2012, you will only receive a refund of the 1.5% WPS contributions paid. You will not receive a refund of the additional contributions above 1.5% paid from that date. If you have been married or in a civil partnership for only part of your service, you are entitled to a refund of the contributions you have paid since your marriage or civil partnership ended. Contributions are refunded as follows:

Contributions paid for service before 6 April 1978 will be refunded with interest and paid when you take your pension.

Contributions paid for service on or after 6 April 1978 (including any contributions paid towards family benefits as part of an added years option made on or after that date). will be refunded when you retire. They will be refunded with interest and the deduction of a single, non-returnable payment. That payment is to cover the cost to the scheme of providing a post-retirement widow’s pension if you marry or enter a civil partnership after leaving and die before your wife or civil partner. We will not ask you to repay the refund if you do marry or enter a civil partnership.

Women who have been unmarried throughout their service are entitled to a refund of all their widowers’ pension contributions. From 1 April 2012, you will only receive a refund of the 1.5% WPS contributions paid. You will not receive a refund of the additional contributions above 1.5% paid from that date. If you have been married or in a civil partnership for only part of your service, you are entitled to a refund of the contributions you have paid since your marriage or civil partnership ended. Contributions are refunded as follows:

Contributions paid for service before 6 April 1988 will be refunded with interest and paid when you take your pension.

Contributions paid for service on or after 6 April 1988 (including any contributions paid towards family benefits as part of an added years option made on or after that date). will be refunded when you retire. They will be refunded with interest and the deduction of a single, non-returnable payment to cover the cost to the scheme of providing a post-retirement widower’s pension if you marry or enter a civil partnership after age 60 and die before your husband or civil partner. We will not ask you to repay the refund if you do marry or enter a civil partnership.

Important Note:

There may be circumstances in which we cannot pay your refund as a cash lump sum. If that is the case, The Scheme Administrator (MyCSP) will convert some or all of it into extra pension and a smaller lump sum.

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