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PART I F1N.I.GENERAL PROVISIONS

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1Present increases.N.I.

(1)Subject to the provisions of this Act, the annual rate of an official pension may, if any qualifying condition is satisfied, [F2 or the pension is a widow's pension] be increased by the pension authority in respect of any period beginning on or after 1st September 1971, as follows:—

(a)a pension beginning before the year 1969 may be increased by the amount necessary to bring the rate up to the 1969 standard, that is to say, to the rate arrived at by applying to the basic rate of pension the multiplier given in Schedule 1 for the year in which the pension began, and by a further 18 per cent. of the rate as so increased;

(b)a pension beginning on or before 1st April 1969 but not earlier than that year may be increased by 18 per cent. of the basic rate;

(c)a pension beginning in the six months following 1st April 1969 may be increased by 16 per cent. of the basic rate;

(d)a pension beginning in the six months following 1st October 1969 may be increased by 14 per cent. of the basic rate;

(e)a pension beginning in the six months following 1st April 1970 may be increased by 10 per cent. of the basic rate;

(f)a pension beginning in the six months following 1st October 1970 may be increased by 6 per cent. of the basic rate.

(2)The annual rate of any pension (whether beginning before or after the passing of this Act) payable under the Belfast Corporation Act (Northern Ireland) 1943 shall, in respect of any period beginning on or after 1st September 1971, be increased by the pension authority under subsection (1) as if it were a pension beginning in 1943 [1943 c.i] .

(3)In the case of a pension beginning before the year 1969 or a pension payable under the Belfast Corporation Act (Northern Ireland) 1943 (whatever the date of its beginning) the increase authorised by subsection (1)( a) shall take the place of those authorised by the Pensions (Increase) Acts (Northern Ireland) 1920 to 1969, but in the cases provided for by section 6 shall be of the larger amount there specified by reference to increases that might have been made under those Acts.

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F21974 NI 2

S. 2 rep. with saving for pension increases by orders made thereunder, by 1975 NI 15

3Qualifying conditions.N.I.

(1)A pension shall not be increased under this Part unless one of the conditions laid down by this section (in this Act referred to as “qualifying conditions”) is satisfied [F3 or the pension is a[F4 derivative or substituted pension or a relevant injury pension]].

(2)A pension payable in respect of the pensioner's own services[F4, other than a relevant injury pension,] shall not be increased unless the pensioner—

(a)has attained the age of [F5 fifty-five years]; or

(b)has retired on account of physical or mental infirmity from the office or employment in respect of which, or on retirement from which, the pension is payable; or

(c)[F4subject to subsections (9) to (11),]F6. . . has at least one dependant;

or the pension authority are satisfied that the pensioner is disabled by physical or mental infirmity.

[F7(2A)A pension attributable to the pensioner having become entitled to a pension credit shall not be increased unless the pensioner has attained the age of fifty-five years.]

Subs. (3) rep. by 1990 NI 13

Subs.(4) rep. by 1974 NI 2

(5)For the purposes of this section, a pensioner shall be deemed to be disabled by physical or mental infirmity if he is permanently incapacitated by such infirmity from engaging in any regular full-time employment.

(6)Subject to subsection (7), “dependant” in this section means, in relation to a pensioner, a person who the pension authority are satisfied is wholly or mainly supported by the pensioner and who either has not attained the age of [F8 seventeen] years or is receiving full-time instruction at an educational estblishment or is undergoing training[F9 for a trade, profession or vocation in such circumstances that he is required to devote the whole of his time to that training for a period of not less than two years].

(7)Where a pension payable to a woman at 31st August 1971 was then payable at a rate increased under the Pensions (Increase) Acts (Northern Ireland) 1920 to 1969 by reason only that she was, and had since 1st April 1956 been, wholly or mainly supporting another person, being either—

(a)her, or her deceased husband's, father, mother, brother, sister, child, uncle or aunt; or

(b)the child of any such person as is mentioned in paragraph ( a); or

(c)her step-father or step-mother; or

(d)a person undergoing training for any trade, profession or vocation;

then so long as the pension authority are satisfied that she continued and continues wholly or mainly to support that person and, if this subsection applies only by virtue of paragraph ( d), that person continued and continues to undergo training for a trade, profession or vocation, that person shall be deemed for purposes of this section to be the woman's dependant.

In this subsection “child” includes a step-child and an illegitimate child,F10. . ..

Subs. (8) spent

[F11(9)On and after 1st January 1993 paragraph ( c) of subsection (2) shall have effect only to the extent provided by subsections (10) and (11).

(10)Where, immediately before 1st January 1993, a[F12 person is in receipt of a pension the whole or any part of] which has been increased under this Part by virtue of paragraph (c) of subsection (2), that paragraph shall continue to have effect in relation to that[F13 person and that pension or part] until such time as the pension falls to be increased under this Part in consequence of any other provision of that subsection.

(11)In any case where—

(a)a[F14 person's] pension commences on or after 1st January 1993, and

(b)on the day on which the pension commences[F15 he] has not attained the age of 55,

paragraph (c) of subsection (2) shall have effect in relation to that[F16 person] and so much of the pension as is referable to service rendered before 1st January 1993 until such time as the pension falls to be increased under this Part in consequence of any other provision of that subsection.]

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4Effect of re-employment.N.I.

(1)Where a person has been in receipt of an official pension in respect of any service, and in consequence of any further service rendered by him the pension falls to be recalculated as to its basic rate and to be treated for purposes of this Act as beginning at a later date, then the rate of the pension as recalculated, with any increase under this Part apart from this section, may be further increased up to the rate, if it is higher, at which the pension would have been payable with any such increase if—

(a)the further service had not been rendered; and

(b)where the pension is one of those specified in subsection (4) and the recalculation is on the basis there mentioned, the length of the previous service had been increased by the length of the further service.

(2)Where a person has terminated his service in circumstances such that he is or may[F17 (without rendering further reckonable service)] become eligible for an official pension, but has not been in receipt of that pension before rendering further service in consequence of which the pension falls to be recalculated or to be calculated on a different basis, subsection (1) shall apply as it would apply if he had been in receipt of the pension before rendering the further service.

[F17(2A)In subsection (2) “reckonable service”, in relation to a person and his official pension, means service which falls to be taken into account in calulating the basic rate of the pension.]

(3)Where the basic rate of a derivative pension, not being a substituted pension, falls to be calculated

[F17(a)]by reference to that of a principal pension which is authorised to be increased under subsection (1) or (2) (or which would have been, if the further service had been terminated by retirement)[F17 or]

[F17(b)by reference to a rate of emoluments (whether actual emoluments or not and whether final or average emoluments) and a period of service of the person who was or, had he survived, would have been the pensioner in relation to such a principal pension,]

, the derivative pension may be increased in the way in which subsection (1) authorises (or would have authorised) the principal pension to be increased; and for this purpose the reference in subsection (1)( b) to the pension is to be taken as a reference to the principal pension, not the derivative pension.

(4)Subsection (1)( b) shall apply to pensions specified in paragraphs 2, 3, [F18 3A, 5( b) and ( c) and 7A] of Schedule 2, but shall apply only in a case where the recalculation falls to be made by reference—

(a)to the aggregate of the further service and the previous service; and

(b)to emoluments attributed to a period immediately preceding the termination of the further service not lower than the emoluments by reference to which the pension was to be calculated before the further service.

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F181972 NI 10

5Scope of Act, and general powers to extend and adapt increases.N.I.

(1)For purposes of this Act “official pension” means, subject to subsection (2), any of the pensions specified in Schedule 2; and in the case of a pension specified in Part II of the Schedule it shall be the duty of a pension authority to increase the pension in accordance with this Act.

(2)The Ministry may by regulations provide that this Act shall have effect in relation to any pensions not specified in Schedule 2 as if they were specified in such Part of that Schedule as may be directed by the regulations; and regulations under this subsection—

(a)may include such incidental, consequential and supplemental provisions as appear to the Ministry to be expedient; and

(b)may in particular make provision for securing that the cost of increasing any pension is borne by the appropriate authority.

(3)The Ministry, if satisfied in the case of any official pension that it is proper so to do, may by regulations direct (either generally or [F19 for any particular purpose)] that the provisions of this Act shall apply in relation to that pension subject to such modifications, adaptations and exceptions as may be specified in the regulations.

The power conferred by this subsection on the Ministry may be exercised also, with its consent, by any other department of the Government of Northern Ireland.

(4)Any regulations under this section may provide for increases to take effect from a date before the making of the regulations or the passing of this Act, but not before 1st September 1971.

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F191975 NI 15

6Preservation for certain purposes of benefit of previous Acts.N.I.

(1)If in the case of an official pension beginning before the year 1969 the 1969 standard is less than the 1971 rate of the pension with the addition, if any, to be made to that rate under subsection (6), then the increase that may be made in the pension under section 1(1)( a) shall be of the amount necessary to bring the annual rate up to 118 per cent. of the 1971 rate or, if subsection (6) applies, to 118 per cent. of the 1971 rate with the addition under that subsection.

(2)For any pension that qualified for an increase under the Pensions (Increase) Act 1920 [1920 c.36] , the 1971 rate shall be taken to be the annual rate at which it was being paid on 31st August 1971 (or, if payment was then suspended, was last paid before that date).

(3)In the case of a pension payable under the Belfast Corporation Act (Northern Ireland) 1943 [1943 c.i] , the 1971 rate shall, if the pension was payable on 31st August 1971, be taken to be the annual rate at which it was payable on that date and, if it became or becomes payable after 31st August 1971 , shall be taken to be the annual rate at which it would have been payable on 31st August 1971, if the conditions for payment of the pension had been satisfied before 31st August 1971 and the service in respect of which the pension became or becomes payable had been rendered over a period immediately preceding 31st August 1971.

(4)Where an official pension not falling within subsection (2) or (3) was being paid on 31st August 1971 at a rate which included any relevant increases, then the annual rate at which it was then being paid shall be taken as the 1971 rate, unless it is shown that the rate should have been revised or there is a change of circumstances that would affect the 1971 rate if ascertained under subsection (5).

(5)Subject to the provisions of this section, the Ministry shall by order prescribe tables and rules for ascertaining, for any pension to which subsection (1) may apply (other than a pension falling within subsection (2) or (3)), the annual rate at which it would have been payable if paid with any relevant increases; and the rate so ascertained shall be taken to be the 1971 rate, unless subsection (4) applies.

(6)Where a pension beginning on or before 1st April 1961 is one that (but for this Act) might have been increased under section 1 of the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1963 [1963 c.3] , and any of the qualifying conditions other than those specified in section 3(3)( b), ( c) and ( d) is satisfied [F20 or the pension is a widow's pension], then there shall for purposes of this section be made to the 1971 rate as ascertained under subsection (5) an addition of the amount prescribed by order of the Ministry as corresponding to that of the increase provided for by section 2 of that Act (additional increase for pensioners over 70); and where subsection (3) or (4) applies, the like addition shall be made to the 1971 rate given by that subsection, unless the pensioner had attained the age of 70 on or before 31st August 1971.

(7)Orders made for the purposes of this section shall include such provision as may be necessary to enable the pensions to which subsections (1) and (6) relate to be identified without reference to the Pensions (Increase) Acts (Northern Ireland) 1920 to 1969, except that pensions which qualified for an increase under the Pensions (Increase) Act 1920 [1920 c.36] need not be otherwise identified.

(8)This section shall have effect subject to any provision made in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 5(3); and accordingly an order under this section may disregard any provision made in the exercise of corresponding powers conferred by the Pensions (Increase) Acts (Northern Ireland) 1920 to 1969.

(9)An order under this section shall take no account of any provision of the Pensions (Increase) Acts (Northern Ireland) 1920 to 1969 whereby a fraction of a pound was to be treated as a whole pound and may make such other departures from the effect of those Acts as in the opinion of the Ministry will, without materially reducing the rate of any pension, simplify the tables or rules or make for ease of calculation.

(10)For purposes of this section, “relevant increase” means, in relation to any pension, any increase that might (but for this Act) have been made in the annual rate of the pension under section 1 of any of the following Acts, that is to say the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1944 [1944 c.19] , the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 [1952 c.25] , the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1956 [1956 c.7] , the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1959 [1959 c.10] , the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1963 [1963 c.3] , the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 [1966 c.5] and the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 [1969 c.5] ; but an order under this section may for purposes of subsection (5) treat as a relevant increase any increase authorised by or under any enactment by reference to a relevant increase, and may repeal or amend the provision authorising it accordingly.

(11)An order made (or purporting to be made) under this section shall have effect notwithstanding any error or omission in reproducing the effect of any Act or instrument, but may be amended by a further order for the purpose of correcting any such error or omission; and any such amendment may be made so as to have effect from such date as may be specified in the further order (including a date before the making of that order), and with such savings and transitional provisions as the Ministry thinks proper.

(12)If an order made by virtue of subsection (11) has the effect of reducing the rate of any pension, the order shall be subject to negative resolution.

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F201974 NI 2

7Administrative provisions.N.I.

(1)In this Act “pension authority” means the authority by whom the pension is payable; but the Ministry or, with its approval, any other department of the Government of Northern Ireland may by regulations provide that, in relation to any class of pensions specified in the regulations, all or any of the functions of the pension authority under this Act shall be performed on behalf of the pension authority by such other authority as may be so specified.

(2 )F21Where a pension specified in Part II of Schedule 2 is increased under this Act the cost of the increase shall be defrayed by the pension authority out of the rate or fund chargeable with the payment of the pension.

(3 )F21Subject to the provisions of this Act, any provision made by or under any enactment shall, in so far as it relates to the apportionment of the cost of a pension between two or more authorities or funds, or to the manner in which a pension is to be paid or borne, or to the proof of title to sums payable on account of a pension, or in so far as it prohibits or restricts the assignment or charging of a pension or its application towards the payment of debts, have effect in relation to any increase of the pension under this Act as it has effect in relation to the pension; so however that this subsection, in so far as it relates to the apportionment of the cost of an increase under this Act, shall have effect subject to any agreement between the authorities concerned.

(4)Except as provided by subsection (3), an increase of a pension under this Act shall not be treated as part of the pension for the purposes of any provision made by or under any enactment; and in calculating the rate of a derivative pension, any increase under this Act of the principal pension shall be disregarded.

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F211974 NI 2

8Meaning of “pension”, and other supplementary provisions.N.I.

(1)For purposes of this Act “pension” includes (subject to section 9)—

(a)any allowance or other benefit payableF22. . . by virtue of any superannuation scheme, whether contained in an enactment or otherwise, including a superannuation scheme providing benefits in the case of injury or death; and

(b)any compensation payable in respect of retirement from an office or employment in pursuance of the provisions of an enactment, any compensation payable in respect of the loss, abolition or relinquishment of an office or employment occasioned by an alteration in the organisation of a department or service or by a transfer or other reorganisation of the functions of local authorities, and any compensation payable in respect of a diminution in the emoluments of an office or employment which has been occasioned as aforesaid [F23; and

(c)without prejudice to the generality of paragraph ( b), any compensation payable in pursuance of the provisions of a scheme under Article 3 of the Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 [1972 NI 10] made by virtue of Article 4(2) of that Order or of regulations made under Article 19 thereof][F24 but does not include any money purchase benefits].

(2)A pension[F22 which is not attributable to a pension credit] shall be deemed for purposes of this Act to begin on the day following the last day of the service in respect of which the pension is payable (whenever the pension accrues or becomes payable), except that—

(a )F25an earnings-related pension based, directly or indirectly, on emoluments received for a period not ending with the last day of that service, other than a substituted pension, is to be deemed to begin on the day following the last day of that period; and

(b)a substituted pension is to be deemed to begin on the same day as the original pension, or, if earlier, on the day from which the surrender of the original pension takes effect; and

[F24(bb)a relevant injury pension payable by virtue of the acceptance of less favourable terms and conditions of employment is to be deemed to begin on the day on which the employment on less favourable terms and conditions begins; and]

(c)a pension payable under section 1 of the Ministerial Offices Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 [1952 c.15] is to be deemed to have begun on 1st April 1965.

[F22(2A)A pension which is attributable to a pension credit shall be deemed for purposes of this Act to begin on the day on which the order or provision on which the credit depends takes effect.]

(3)Where an earnings-related pension beginning before the year 1969 may be payable either at a rate fixed, directly or indirectly, by reference to emoluments or at a flat rate, the 1969 standard and, if relevant, the 1971 rate of the pension according to either of its rates shall be determined without regard to the other.

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F25SR 1977/260

9Gratuities and lump sums.N.I.

(1)References in this Act to a pension shall not apply to any payment made by way only of a return of contributions, with or without interest[F26 (or any money purchase benefits)]; but, subject to that, this Act shall apply in relation to any allowance, benefit or compensation whether it takes the form of periodical payments or of a gratuity or other lump sum.

(2)In relation to a lump sum—

(a)references to the time when a pension begins shall apply in accordance with section 8(2) as in the case of a pension taking the form of periodical payments; and

(b)references to increasing a pension in respect of a period beginning at any time shall have effect as references to increasing any sum becoming payable at or after that time on account of the lump sum or any instalment of it; and

(c)references to the rate of a pension shall have effect as references to the amount of the lump sum or an instalment of it, as the case may require.

Subs. (3)(4)(4A) rep. by 1975 NI 15

(5)For purposes of section 4 any addition to a lump sum which would have resulted from treating the length of the previous service as being increased by the length of the further service in accordance with section 4(1)( b) shall be supposed not to have become payable until the day following that on which the further service in fact terminated.

(6)Nothing in section 6 shall apply to any lump sum.

[F26(7)In any case where—

(a)a lump sum beginning after the coming into force of this subsection, or an instalment of such a lump sum, is paid, but

(b)the amount of that lump sum or instalment is subsequently recalculated, and

(c)in consequence of the recalculation, and additional amount becomes payable by way of lump sum,

the additional amount shall not be increased under this Part in respect of the whole or any part of the period beginning with the day on which the lump sum or instalment became payable and ending with the day on which the additional amount is paid.]

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F261990 NI 13

PART IIN.I.SPECIAL EXTENSIONS

10Pensions under approved pension schemes.N.I.

(1)The Ministry may make regulations for conferring on persons who—

(a)are or have been employed in the civil service of Northern Ireland, or are or have been such officers or practitioners as are mentioned in paragraph 1( a) or ( b) of Schedule 8 to the Health Services Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 [1971 c.1] or in section 61(1)( a) or ( b) of the Health Services Act (Northern Ireland) 1948 [1948 c.3] , or are or have been employed in any capacity approved by the Ministry for the purposes of this section; and

(b)are or were subject to a superannuation scheme operated under the Federated Superannuation System for Universities, to the Federated Superannuation Scheme for Nurses and Hospital Officers or to any other scheme approved by the Ministry for the purposes of this section;

such benefits (enjoyable after the termination of the employment) as appear to the Ministry to be appropriate having regard to the benefits provided by Part I for persons whose superannuation benefits are regulated under [F27 the principal civil service pension scheme within the meaning of Article 4 of the Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972] [1972 NI 10] .

(2)The Ministry may also make regulations for empowering or requiring a pension authority to provide such benefits as aforesaid for persons who are or have been employed by a local authority or a designated body.

(3)Any power to make regulations conferred by this section on the Ministry shall be exercisable also, with its approval, by any other department of the Government of Northern Ireland.

(4)Regulations under this section may provide for benefits to take effect from a date before the making of the regulations.

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F271972 NI 10

PART IIIN.I.SUPPLEMENTARY

11Police pensions.N.I.

(1)Where it appears to the Ministry of Home AffairsF28 expedient to postpone the operation of this Act with respect to any police pensions pending the making with respect to them of provision under section 5(3) or the making with respect to them under the Constabulary Act (Northern Ireland) 1922 [1922 c.8] and the Constabulary (Pensions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1949 [1949 c.9] or under the Police Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 [1970 c.9] of any provision which may be necessary or expedient in connection with the passing of this Act (or pending the consideration of the question of making such provision), that Ministry may by order or regulations under those Acts provide that, so long as the order or regulations remain in force, the provisions of this Act other than this section shall not affect those pensions.

(2)In this section “police pension” means a pension payable as mentioned in sub-paragraphs ( a) and ( b) of paragraph 4 of Schedule 2.

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F28SI 1973/2163

12Fire service pensions.N.I.

(1)Where a pension payable under the Firemen's Pension Scheme or under a scheme made under[F29 paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 1 to the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 or payable by virtue of Article 60 of that Order] under a scheme made under section 13 of the Fire Services (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 [1950 c.4] is or has been granted at the higher of a flat rate and a rate fixed by reference to emoluments, the grant shall have effect, in relation to any period beginning on or after 1st September 1971, as a grant at whichever rate is for the time being the higher after account is taken of the operation of this Act.

(2)Where it appears to the Ministry of Home AffairsF30 expedient to postpone the operation of this Act with respect to any pensions specified in paragraph 16 of Schedule 2 pending the making with respect to them of provision under section 5(3) or the making with respect to them under [F31the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006] of any provision which may be necessary or expedient in connection with the passing of this Act (or pending the consideration of the question of making such provision), that Ministry may by order subject to negative resolution provide that, so long as the order remains in force, the provisions of this Act other than this section shall not affect those pensions.

(3)The order to be made under section 6 may omit any special provision which, apart from this subsection, would be required for any pensions specified in paragraph 16 of Schedule 2 if it appears to the Ministry that the provision is more appropriately or conveniently made by regulations under section 5(3).

(4)In this section “the Firemen's Pension Scheme” means any scheme in force under[F32 paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 1 to the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006] and any order or scheme made under section 10 of the Fire Services (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 under which a pension is payable by virtue of[F33 Article 60 of the said Order of 2006].

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F30SRO (NI) 1973/504

13Expenses.N.I.

(1)There may be defrayed out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any expenditure incurred by a government department under this Act; and

(b)any increase attributable to any provision of this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.

(2)There shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund any increase attributable to any provision of this Act in sums so charged or paid under any other enactment.

14Regulations.N.I.

Regulations made under this Act shall be subject to negative resolution.

15Interpretation.N.I.

(1)For the purposes of this Act—

“basic rate” means the annual rate of a pension apart from any increase under or by reference to this Act or any enactment repealed by this Act, or any corresponding increase made otherwise than under or by reference to this Act or an enactment repealed by it [F34 but including any increase in the said annual rate in consequence of the Pensions (Increase) (Northern Ireland) Order 1974 [1974 NI 2] ];

[F35“derivative pension” means a pension which—

(a)is not payable in respect of the pensioner's own services, and

(b)is not attributable to the pensioner having become entitled to a pension credit;]

“designated body” has the meaning given by section 8 of the Local Government (Superannuation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 [1950 c.10] ;

“earnings-related pension” means a pension computed by reference to a rate of emoluments (whether actual emoluments or not and whether final or average emoluments), or payable at alternative rates one of which is so computed, and includes a derivative pension computed by reference to the rate of an earnings-related pension;

“flat rate” means a rate fixed otherwise than by reference to a rate of emoluments or to the rate of another pension, and “flat-rate pension” means a pension payable at a flat rate only, but includes a derivative pension computed by reference to the rate of a flat-rate pension;

“local authority” has the meaning given by section 8 of the Local Government (Superannuation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1950;

“local government service” means service under any local authority and any service which, by virtue of the Local Government Staffs (War Service) Act (Northern Ireland) 1939 [1939 c.27] , is for superannuation purposes treated as service under a local authority; and includes any such service notwithstanding that the local authority concerned have ceased to exist;

[F36“money purchase benefits” has the meaning given by[F37 section 176(1) of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993];]

“pension” has the meaning given by section 8, “official pension” that given by section 5(1), and “pension authority” that given by section 7(1), and the time when a pension “begins” is that stated in section 8(2);

[F35“pension credit” means a credit under Article 26(1)(b) of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 or under section 29(1)(b) of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999;

“principal pension” means a pension which—

(a)is payable in respect of the pensioner's own services; or

(b)is attributable to the pensioner having become entitled to a pension credit;]

“qualifying condition” means one of the conditions laid down by section 3;

[F36“relevant injury pension” means—

(a)a pension paid to a person in respect of his absence from work by reason only of an injury sustained, or disease contracted, by him in the course of the employment by virtue of which his entitlement to the pension arises; or

(b)a pension paid to a person in respect of his having accepted less favourable terms and conditions of employment by reason of ill-health suffered by him in consequence of an injury so sustained or a disease so contracted;

but does not include any pension the rate of which is periodically recalculated by reference to the rate of the salary which the pensioner could reasonably be expected to have received had he not sustained the injury or contracted the disease in question;]

“substituted pension” means a pension granted in consideration of the surrender of the whole or part of another pension ( “the original pension”);

[F35“widow's pension” means a pension payable—

(a)in respect of the services of the pensioner's deceased husband, or

(b)by virtue of the pensioner's deceased husband having become entitled to a pension credit.]

(2)References in this Act to an enactment include an enactment in an Act (whether public general or local) of the Parliament of Northern Ireland or the Parliament of the United Kingdom and a provisional order confirmed by such an Act.

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F341974 NI 2

F351999 NI 11

F361990 NI 13

16Repeal, and transitional provisions.N.I.

Subs.(1), with Schedule 3, effects repeals

(2)Where at 31st August 1971 authority to increase any pensions was given by regulations under any enactment repealed by subsection (1), being an enactment corresponding to any provision of Part II, then in respect of any period between that date and the coming into force of regulations under that provision there may be paid on those pensions the like increase, and the cost shall be defrayed in the same way, as if this Act had not been passed; and the first regulations made with respect to any pensions under any provision of Part II may take effect from 1st September 1971, notwithstanding that that date occurred before the passing of this Act, (but not so as to reduce any increase payable by virtue of this subsection in respect of a period before they come into force).

(3)Where at 31st August 1971 there were in force with respect to any official pensions (other than pensions to which section 11 or 12(2) applies) regulations under any enactment repealed by subsection (1), being an enactment corresponding to section 5(3), then unless or until regulations come into force under section 5(3) with respect to those pensions, or the Ministry by order directs that this subsection shall not apply to them, those pensions shall not be increased in accordance with this Act, but the like increases may be paid as if this Act had not been passed.

(4)Except as otherwise provided by or under this Act, the repeal by this Act of the Pensions (Increase) Acts (Northern Ireland) 1920 to 1969 shall not affect the operation of any provision made otherwise than by or under those Acts and authorising increases in pensions by reference to increases under those Acts or any of them.

17Short titleN.I.

This Act may be cited as the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971.

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