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Who has told you that you cannot claim?
If you are still married, and he hasn’t pointed anybody to receive the benefits, then you would be entitled to whatever benefit a widow receives under the terms of the pension.
It could well be a criteria of the scheme but if you are not living with your husband you do not get any widow’s benefit although whether that is enforceable or not remains to be seen and if they refuse to pay out I would refer it to the Pension Ombudsman. It’s free.
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