Pension Benefits vary from person to person for many reasons.
- You may as the surviving spouse of a member, be in receipt of a pension from the ESB Pension Scheme.
- If you are retired from ESB, we wrote to you at retirement advising if your spouse will be eligible for a pension from the ESB Pension Scheme.
- If you were a contributing member prior to 1st October 1987 you were given the option at retirement to join the revised spouses’ and children’s schemes.
If you contributed for a revised spouses’ and children’s pension your legal spouse will receive your full pension rate for the first four weeks after your death. After that time, they will receive a spouses pension of 50% of your pension and if you have eligible children a pension will also be payable to them.
Spouses’ and children’s pensions cease on re-marriage or co-habitation in the case of members who joined ESB after 3rd November 1984. The Superannuation Committee may waive this provision in certain circumstances.
Surviving spouses’ normally qualify for a contributory widow/widower pension from the Department of Social & Family Affairs.
The Pensions Office will write to your spouse, when advised of your death, and will provide all the necessary information to help them at that difficult time.