TBF membership covers not just the contributor, but also partners and other dependants.
The term 'dependant' as defined in our Constitution. Put simply it means that the person is dependent on a beneficiary.
1. A qualifying dependent adult
We will consider helping:
- A legal spouse or civil partner who lives with the beneficiary.
- A legal spouse or civil partner who is not living with the beneficiary - but only where there are special circumstances and only where the beneficiary so wishes and where they are not seeking dependant status for any other adult.
- Another adult who lives with the beneficiary in a continuing relationship based on interdependency, but to whom they are not married or in a civil partnership and not related.
- A relative (not provided for under heading 2. Qualifying criteria for dependent child, see below) who lives permanently with the beneficiary, but only where dependency is not sought for any other adult and generally where there are only the two persons in the household. Normally such a relative will have lived with the beneficiary all or most of the shorter of the two lives. They may be a parent or a brother or sister, but this may not be the case.
2. A qualifying dependent child
We will consider helping:
- A child under 18 who is supported wholly or partly by the beneficiary, as long as they live with them. We will generally take dependency for granted in such cases unless there are special circumstances.
- A person aged over 18 (formerly covered under heading 1. A qualifying dependent adult, see above) who is still living with the beneficiary and has no income beyond that provided by the State. Generally such persons will never have worked and will never have had an income above this level.
- Children under 18 who are supported wholly or partly by the beneficiary (and persons over that age who would qualify under the previous paragraph) where they do not live with the beneficiary - but the general assumption will be that these are not dependants unless there are special circumstances.
3. A qualifying dependent following death of a member
Provided the beneficiary was contributing at the time of their death (and had been doing so for at least five years while working in the public transport industry) or qualified for free membership following retirement from the industry we will consider helping:
- A person we accepted as an adult dependant when the beneficiary died, even if they marry or enter into a civil partnership or another relationship. They cannot however pass on dependency to any third person under any circumstances.
- Children we accepted as above, on a similar basis.
There is scope for interpreting these criteria in particular cases and we are pleased to consider any cases which do not seem to fit them.
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