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Public Service Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2014

Establishment of new schemes

Section 1: Schemes for persons in public service

This section contains the main enabling power for new public service pension schemes and schemes providing other benefits, such as injury and compensation benefits, made under this Act. The schemes are made in regulations, which will contain detailed provisions for the payment of pensions or other benefits. These schemes are required to be made in compliance with the framework conditions set out in the rest of the Act. The creation of a consistent, legal framework for all public service pension schemes was a recommendation of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission.

Subsection (1) enables schemes to be established which provide pensions or other benefits to the main categories of persons in public service listed in subsection (2). The definition of those main categories is further set out in Schedule 1 (to which subsection (3) cross-refers).

The detail of specific pension and other benefits schemes is to be set out in regulations. These regulations are called “scheme regulations”, as set out in subsection (4).

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