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Cover Magazine - Govt. to allow opposite-sex couples form civil partnerships

By Adam Saville 15 July 2019.

Employers should still ensure couples are covered by group risk policies, says GRiD.

The UK government has committed to changing the law to allow opposite-sex couples form civil partnerships by 31 December.

At present, same-sex couples can convert their civil partnership to a marriage, enabling them access to a state bereavement support payment if their partner dies. This will be extended to those in opposite-sex civil partnerships.

In a next steps policy paper the government outlines its plans for extending eligibility and the range of rights and entitlements that should be made available to opposite-sex civil partners. It also seeks views on the future of conversion rights and whether opposite-sex married couples should have an opportunity to convert their relationships to a civil partnership.

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