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Pension Schemes Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 CATEGORIES OF PENSION SCHEME

    1. 1.Introduction

    2. 2.Defined benefits scheme

    3. 3.Shared risk scheme (sometimes known as “defined ambition”)

    4. 4.Defined contributions scheme

    5. 5.Meaning of “pensions promise” etc

    6. 6.Treatment of a scheme as two or more separate schemes

    7. 7.Interpretation of Part 1

  3. PART 2 COLLECTIVE BENEFITS

    1. Introduction and nature of collective benefits

      1. 8.Introduction and definition

      2. 9.Duty to set targets for collective benefits

      3. 10.Policy about factors used to determine each benefit

      4. 11.Power to impose requirements about factors used to determine each benefit

    2. Contributions

      1. 12.Payment schedule

      2. 13.Overdue contributions and other payments

    3. Investment

      1. 14.Statement of investment strategy

      2. 15.Investment performance reports

      3. 16.Investment powers

      4. 17.Restriction on borrowing by trustees or managers

      5. 18.Investment powers: duty of care

    4. Valuation

      1. 19.Valuation reports

      2. 20.Valuation process

    5. Dealing with deficits and surpluses

      1. 21.Policy for dealing with a deficit or surplus

      2. 22.Power to impose requirements about dealing with a deficit or surplus

      3. 23.Deficits attributable to an offence or the imposition of a levy

      4. 24.Payment of amounts out of collective benefit funds

    6. Cash equivalents

      1. 25.Policy for calculating cash equivalent of benefits

    7. Winding up

      1. 26.Winding up

      2. 27.Requirement to wind up scheme in specified circumstances

      3. 28.Policies about winding up

    8. Identifying assets

      1. 29.Working out which assets are available for the provision of which benefits

    9. Regulations under Part 2: general

      1. 30.Requirement to obtain actuarial advice

      2. 31.Sub-delegation

      3. 32.Publication of documents etc

      4. 33.Enforcement

      5. 34.Overriding requirements

    10. Interpretation of Part 2

      1. 35.Interpretation of Part 2

  4. PART 3 GENERAL CHANGES TO LEGISLATION ABOUT PENSION SCHEMES

    1. Administration and governance

      1. 36.Pensions promise obtained from third party

      2. 37.Duty to act in the best interests of members

      3. 38.Disclosure of information about schemes

    2. Early leavers

      1. 39.Extension of preservation of benefit under occupational pension schemes

      2. 40.Revaluation of accrued benefits

    3. Indexation

      1. 41.Collective benefits exempt from indexation

      2. 42.Regulatory own fund schemes exempt from indexation

      3. 43.Power to create other exemptions from indexation

    4. Independent trustees

      1. 44.Removal of requirement to maintain register of independent trustees

    5. Rules about modification of schemes

      1. 45.Rules about modification of schemes

    6. Pension sharing

      1. 46.Pension sharing and normal benefit age

    7. Other amendments

      1. 47.Other amendments to do with Parts 1 and 2

  5. PART 4 GENERAL

    1. 48.Power to make consequential amendments

    2. 49.Regulations

    3. 50.Crown application

    4. 51.Interpretation

    5. 52.Commencement

    6. 53.Short title

  6. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      EARLY LEAVERS: REVALUATION OF ACCRUED BENEFITS

      1. 1.The Pension Schemes Act is amended as follows.

      2. 2.Before section 79 insert— Overview and meaning of “the 2016...

      3. 3.In section 79, for subsection (1A) substitute—

      4. 4.For section 80 substitute— Old basis of revaluation: occupational pension...

      5. 5.After section 81 insert— Power to add revaluation methods for...

      6. 6.After section 82 insert— The revaluation methods The revaluation methods referred to in this Chapter are defined...

      7. 7.In section 181(2) (Assembly, etccontrol of regulations and orders) after...

      8. 8.In Schedule 2 (revaluation methods), before paragraph 1 insert— The...

      9. 9.Omit paragraphs 3A and 4 of that Schedule.

      10. 10.In paragraph 5(1) of that Schedule, for “if his pensionable...

      11. 11.Omit the following, which are no longer needed given the...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      OTHER AMENDMENTS TO DO WITH PARTS 1 AND 2

      1. Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (c. 49)

        1. 1.The Pension Schemes Act is amended as follows.

        2. 2.In section 79 (scope of provisions about revaluation of benefits...

        3. 4.In section 120 (duty of the Department for Employment and...

        4. 5.(1) In section 176 (interpretation), subsection (1) is amended as...

      2. Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 22)

        1. 6.The 1995 Order is amended as follows.

        2. 7.In Article 37 (payment of surplus to employer) in paragraph...

        3. 8.In Article 38 (power to defer winding up), in paragraph...

        4. 9.In Article 51 (annual increase in rate of pension), in...

        5. 10.In Article 51A (restrictions on increase where annuity tied to...

        6. 11.In Article 73 (preferential liabilities on winding up), for paragraph...

        7. 12.In Article 75 (employer debt where deficiency in assets on...

        8. 13.(1) Article 85 (schedules of payments to money purchase schemes)...

        9. 14.For the italic cross-heading above Article 85 substitute “ Schemes...

        10. 15.In the heading to Article 86 (schedules of payments to...

        11. 16.(1) Article 87 (application of further provisions to money purchase...

        12. 17.In Article 121 (interpretation), in paragraph (1), at the appropriate...

        13. 18.(1) Article 122 (interpretation of Part 2: supplementary) is amended...

      3. Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (NI 11)

        1. 19.In Article 35 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern...

      4. Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (NI 1)

        1. 20.The 2005 Order is amended as follows.

        2. 21.(1) Article 2 (interpretation) is amended as follows.

        3. 22.In Article 9 (improvement notices), in paragraph (7)—

        4. 23.In Article 13 (power of the Regulator to recover unpaid...

        5. 24.(1) Article 19 (freezing orders) is amended as follows.

        6. 25.In Article 34 (contribution notices where avoidance of employer debt),...

        7. 26.(1) Article 39 (financial support directions) is amended as follows....

        8. 27.In Article 48 (restoration orders where transactions at an undervalue),...

        9. 28.(1) Article 85 (codes of practice) is amended as follows....

        10. 29.In Article 110 (schemes eligible for pension protection), for paragraph...

        11. 30.For Article 200 (application of scheme funding rules in Part...

        12. 31.In Article 231 (representative of non-European scheme to be treated...

        13. 32.In Article 235 (pension protection on transfer of employment: form...

        14. 33.In Article 267 (duty of trustees or managers to act...

        15. 34.In Article 280 (modification of Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005...

      5. Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 13)

        1. 35.The Pensions (No2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 is amended as...

        2. 36.(1) Section 20 (quality requirement: UK money purchase schemes) is...

        3. 37.In section 21 (quality requirement: UK defined benefits schemes) for...

        4. 38.In section 23A (alternative quality requirements for UK defined benefits...

        5. 39.(1) Section 24 (quality requirement: UK hybrid schemes) is amended...

        6. 40.(1) Section 26 (quality requirement: UK personal pension schemes) is...

        7. 41.(1) Section 28 (certification that quality requirement or alternative requirement...

        8. 42.For the heading to section 29 substitute “ Transitional periods...

        9. 43.(1) Section 30 (transitional period for defined benefits and hybrid...

        10. 44.In section 35 (compliance notices), in subsection (5), for “a...

        11. 45.In section 38 (calculation and payment of contributions), in subsection...

        12. 46.(1) Section 78 (interpretation) is amended as follows.

      6. Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 (c. 5)

        1. 47.(1) Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015...

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