Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012
Children’s pension — to whom paid.
37.— (1) Subject to subsection (3), a children’s pension shall be paid to the parent, step-parent or guardian of the child if that child is in his or her care.
(2) Where a child in respect of whom a children’s pension is payable is not in the care of his or her parent, step-parent or guardian, the pension shall be paid either to the child or to such other person as the relevant authority may determine.
(3) Where a child in respect of whom a children’s pension is payable is in the care of more than one person, the children’s pension concerned may be paid to each of those persons in such proportions as the relevant authority may determine.
(4) The Minister may, from time to time issue directions or other instructions in writing to all relevant authorities or to a class or classes of relevant authorities regarding the determination of the class or classes of persons to whom a children’s pension may be paid. Directions or other instructions to which this subsection relates may be amended from time to time by the Minister in writing.
(5) In making a determination under this section, a relevant authority shall do so in accordance with any subsisting directions or other instructions referred to in subsection (4).