Rule 48: Ordinary ill-health pension
199.Rule 48 lists six conditions which must be met before the Fund trustees can be satisfied that an individual becomes entitled to an ordinary ill-health pension. The amount of pension payable is set out in rule 51 (paragraph 219).
200.Conditions 1, 2 and 3 are the same as those for serious ill-health pensions (see paragraphs 197-198).
201.Conditions 4 and 5 relate to the health condition that the individual is suffering from. That condition must be expected to be permanent and the Fund trustees need to be satisfied that it will prevent the individual from adequately performing the duties of an MSP or office-holder now and in the future. The health condition is likely to be less serious than for a serious ill-health pension in rule 47 in that it is not a condition that prevents the individual from doing other gainful work. Condition 4(b) envisages that the other gainful work will be less demanding or of a different nature, although this will be a matter for the Fund trustees to be satisfied about in the individual case.
202.Condition 6 requires that the application is accompanied by evidence that a doctor is satisfied that the health conditions in conditions 4(a) (relative to the duties of an MSP or office-holder) and 5 are met.