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Pension Schemes Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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6.  After section 82 insert—

82A.    The revaluation methods

The revaluation methods referred to in this Chapter are defined by the provisions listed in the table.

MethodProvision
Average salary methodParagraph 3 of Schedule 2
Default methodParagraph A1 of Schedule 2
Final salary methodParagraphs 1 to 2A of Schedule 2
Money purchase methodParagraph 5 of Schedule 2

82B.    Definitions of benefits referred to in this Chapter

(1) In this Chapter—

“average salary benefit” means a benefit under an occupational pension scheme the rate or amount of which is calculated by reference to the member’s average salary over the period of service to which the benefit relates;

“final salary benefit” means a benefit under an occupational pension scheme that is calculated by reference to the member’s pensionable earnings, or highest, average or representative pensionable earnings, in a specified period ending at, or defined by reference to, the time when the member’s pensionable service in relation to that scheme ends;

“flat rate benefit” means a benefit under an occupational pension scheme the rate or amount of which is calculated by reference solely to the member’s length of service;

“salary related benefit” means a benefit under an occupational pension scheme the rate or amount of which is calculated by reference to the salary of the member.

(2) In subsection (1) “pensionable earnings”, in relation to a pension scheme and a member of it, means earnings by reference to which benefits under the scheme are calculated..

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