Is there any way that a pension gratuity would be allowed to be paid early due to a dependents illness? The reason i ask is that MOH has just spent time in hospital and has been diagnosed with an illness which might stop her being able to work. With a Mortgage in both our names and other things to pay it will be a struggle. However i only have 7 months to my pension date. This would go a long way to helping us out. Hope this makes sense. My family has had a lot of stress recently and if this was possible it would be a massive help. But i am not sure of all the legal stuff regarding pensions and the likes, any assistance would be greatly received.