IPSA proposes that the survivors in these relationships should receive benefits calculated in the same way, and in the same circumstances, as pensions paid to surviving civil partners. It plans that the changes will be made before 13 March 2014, the date on which it will be possible for same sex couples to give notice of their intention to marry.
IPSA also proposes to make changes to the Schemes to ensure that the survivor of a same sex marriage whose partner has legally changed gender will retain the expectation of survivor benefits they would have received if they had remained in an opposite sex marriage. These changes will be made later this year, before the gender recognition elements of the Act are commenced.
The proposed changes for MPs and MEPs mirror conditions for members of the other public service pension schemes.
The consultation is open until 9 February and the full consultation document is available on the IPSA website www.theipsa.org.uk
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