Teachers DTH APP 20/05/2020
Guidance for completing form Teachers DTH app – application for death benefits
Section 1: Deceased member’s personal details
Personal details of the deceased member.
Section 2: Applicant’s personal details
Details of the person to whom the death gratuity, deficiency payment or surviving partner’s pension is
payable. This will be paid directly to your bank or building society account. Please ensure your full details
A death grant is payable to the member’s spouse, civil partner, death grant nominee, surviving eligible
partner, or nominated dependant relative. If none of the above apply, and the member has not made a
death grant nomination, the death grant is payable to the estate.
Under the Teachers’ Regulations, benefits may be payable to a surviving partner upon the members
death. To be eligible, the member must have accrued service post 1 April 2007. The benefits will be paid
to the surviving partner, provided that at the date of death the member and partner were:
Living together in an exclusive committed long term relationship of at least 2 years
Free to marry or enter a civil partnership
To ensure that the SPPA is satisfied that the above criteria is met at the time of the member’s death the
partner will be asked to provide supporting evidence. Examples of supporting evidence may include:
Confirmation that you lived in a shared household
Confirmation of shared household spending
Shared bank accounts or investments
A loan or mortgage in joint names
Wills naming each other as the main beneficiary
A mutual power of attorney
The partner being nominated as the main beneficiary of life insurance
The death of the member leading to substantive extra living costs for the partner
If the SPPA holds details of a nominated dependant relative, such as a parent, brother, sister or step
parent to receive a survivor pension, the relative must be financially dependant on the member at the
date of death. The SPPA will write to the nominee for confirmation of his or her financial circumstances.
If the applicant is the “Legal Personal Representative”, Confirmation of Estate must be exhibited as soon
as possible to enable us to pay the death grant.
Section 3: Declaration
This should be signed in all cases. If the person signing is doing so on behalf of the spouse or civil
partner, please provide a copy of the Power of Attorney. If the amount payable exceeds £5,000, the
SPPA may request Confirmation of Estate.