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Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

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5.—(1) Paragraph 12 (active members who have not attained normal pension age at assessment date: the revaluation amount for the revaluation period) is amended as follows.

(2) In sub-paragraph (3), for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)in any other case, the aggregate of—

(i)the higher revaluation percentage of so much of the accrued amount as is attributable to the active member’s pensionable service falling before the day on which section 80 of the Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 comes into operation (“the Pensions Act commencement day”), and

(ii)the lower revaluation percentage of so much of the accrued amount as is attributable to the active member’s pensionable service falling on or after that day..

(3) After sub-paragraph (3) insert—

(3A) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(b)—

(a)any service within paragraph 36(4)(b) (notional pensionable service) is to be treated as falling on or after the Pensions Act commencement day if, or to the extent that, it is so treated for the purposes of the scheme;

(b)regulations may make provision in relation to cases where it is unclear whether or not any particular pensionable service (either actual or notional) falls, or is to be treated as falling, on or after that day..

(4) For sub-paragraphs (4) and (5) substitute—

(4) In sub-paragraph (3)(b)—

“the higher revaluation percentage” means the lesser of—

(a)

the percentage increase referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of “the higher revaluation percentage” in paragraph 12(4) of Schedule 7 to the Pensions Act 2004 (“the inflation percentage”), and

(b)

the higher maximum revaluation rate;

“the lower revaluation percentage” means the lesser of—

(a)

the inflation percentage, and

(b)

the lower maximum revaluation rate.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (4)—

“the higher maximum revaluation rate”, in relation to the revaluation period, is—

(a)

if that period is a period of 12 months, 5%, and

(b)

in any other case, the percentage referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of “the higher maximum revaluation rate” in paragraph 12(5) of Schedule 7 to the Pensions Act 2004;

“the lower maximum revaluation rate”, in relation to the revaluation period, is—

(a)

if that period is a period of 12 months, 2.5%, and

(b)

in any other case, the percentage referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of “the lower maximum revaluation rate” in paragraph 12(5) of Schedule 7 to the Pensions Act 2004.

This is subject to paragraph 29 (power of Board to determine maximum revaluation rates etc.)..

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