Supreme Court grants pension to cohabitant despite lack of nomination

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the cohabitant of a member of the Northern Ireland local government pension scheme is entitled to a surviving spouse's pension, even though her deceased partner had not nominated her as beneficiary. In a judicial review hearing brought by Denise Brewster (2017 UKSC 8), the court ruled that the scheme's formal requirement for nomination did not add anything to the existing evidential requirement concerning cohabiting relationships.

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