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Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012

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Abolition of certain additions to the state pension

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3.—(1) In section 132 of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (annual up-rating of benefits)—

(a)in subsection (3)(a) for “person who is also entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension” substitute “relevant person”;

(b)after subsection (3) insert—

(3ZA) In subsection (3)(a) “relevant person” means a person—

(a)who became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension before the day on which section 3(1) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 comes into operation, and

(b)to whom sums became payable by virtue of section 11(1) of the Pensions Act (including sums payable by virtue of section 13(2) of that Act) before that day.

(3ZB) In subsection (3ZA)—

(a)a reference to becoming entitled to a pension before a day includes a reference to becoming entitled on or after that day to the payment of a pension in respect of a period before that day;

(b)a reference to sums becoming payable before a day includes a reference to sums becoming payable on or after that day in respect of a period before that day..

(2) In that section after subsection (3A) insert—

(3B) Subsection (3A) does not have effect unless—

(a)the member became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension before the day on which section 3(2) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 comes into operation, and

(b)the member’s postponed pension under the scheme became payable before that day.

(3C) In subsection (3B)—

(a)a reference to becoming entitled to a pension before a day includes a reference to becoming entitled on or after that day to the payment of a pension in respect of a period before that day;

(b)a reference to a pension becoming payable before a day includes a reference to a pension becoming payable on or after that day in respect of a period before that day..

(3) In that section omit subsection (5).

(4) The repeal made by subsection (3) does not affect the application of section 132(5) of that Act in relation to a person who became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension before the day on which subsection (3) comes into operation.

(5) In Schedule 5 to the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (pension increase or lump sum where entitlement to retirement pension is deferred) omit paragraphs 5, 5A, 6, 6A and 7.

(6) Schedule 2 (repeals and amendments consequential on subsection (5)) has effect.

(7) The repeals made by subsection (5) do not affect the application of paragraphs 5 to 6A of Schedule 5 to the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 in a case where—

(a)W became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension before the day on which subsection (5) comes into operation, and

(b)S died before that day;

(and section 132 of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 continues to apply accordingly).

(8) The statutory provisions amended by Schedule 2 have effect in relation to such a case as if the repeals and amendments made by that Schedule (apart from the amendments made by paragraph 3(7) and (8)) had not been made.

(9) In subsection (7) “W” and “S” have the same meaning as in paragraph 5 of Schedule 5 to the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992.

(10) In this section a reference to becoming entitled to a pension before a day includes a reference to becoming entitled on or after that day to the payment of a pension in respect of a period before that day.

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