From 1st March 2022, all members will benefit from our new Bereavement Fund. This is a FREE benefit for all Retail CU members, giving financial help and peace of mind in the event of a member’s death.
From 1st March 2022 the Bereavement Fund will provide the following assistance –
If a member has a ‘nominee’ in place, Retail CU is able to release funds, up to the value of £5,000, with minimum documentation, following the death of a member. Our members matter, and we aim to make the process as simple as possible to ease the financial strain and support the ‘nominee’ in the early stages of bereavement.
* Subject to Terms & Conditions
All Retail CU members have the option to ‘nominate’ a person (or persons) to receive their money in Retail CU, up to the value of £5,000, at the time of their death. This person is called the ‘nominee’ or ‘nominated beneficiary’. Having a nominee in place helps Retail CU release funds with minimum documentation following the death of a member.
Where a deceased member has more than £5,000 in Retail CU, the first £5,000 will be paid to the nominee, and the remainder forms part of the deceased’s estate.
Please Note – Members can amend their nominated beneficiary at any time by completing a Nominee Appointment & Amendment Form. This can be done using the Nivo App. Contact our Customer Services team to check you registered nominee, to make changes, or for further information.
If a member has no nominee registered with Retail CU at the time of their death, the Bereavement Fund will still be paid, but forms part of the deceased member’s estate. Grant of Probate, Letters of Administration or Grant of Confirmation in Scotland, and a completed Indemnity Form may be required before funds can be released.
Mr A is a Retail CU member. At the time of his death he has £800 in savings and a £3,000 loan. Thanks to the Bereavement Fund, Mr A’s nominee would receive £1,600 (£800 savings, doubled) AND Retail CU will cancel the loan repayment.
Mrs B is a Retail CU member. At the time of her death, she has £20 in savings, and no loan. Thanks to the Bereavement Fund, Mrs B’s nominee would receive £500, the minimum pay out, even though her savings were £20.
Mr C is a Retail CU member. At the time of his death, he has £20,000 in savings and a £6,000 loan. Thanks to the Bereavement Fund, Mr C’s nominee would receive £5,000; the £20,000 savings will be part of Mr C’s estate. Retail CU will also cancel the loan repayment.