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The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1990

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Provisions for the suspension or forfeiture of pensions

8.—(1) In Article 43C(3) of the Pensions Order

(a)in sub-paragraph (a), omit head (ii) and for the word “or” immediately preceding it substitute “and”; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (d) (provisions about commutation of pensions to be included among the provisions which are not overridden by Articles 43A and 43B of that Order), for “commutation” substitute “the commutation, suspension or forfeiture”.

(2) After that sub-paragraph insert—

; and

(e)any provision of a scheme whereby, as respects so much of a widow’s or widower’s pension as exceeds the guaranteed minimum pension—

(i)no pension, or a pension at a reduced rate, is payable if the earner and the widow or widower married not more than six months before the earner’s death;

(ii)the whole or any part of the pension is not paid to the widow or widower, but instead comparable benefits are provided for one or more dependants of the deceased earner; or

(iii)no pension, or a pension at a reduced rate, is payable to the widow or widower (or, where a provision such as is mentioned in head (ii) operates, to another dependant of the deceased earner) who was more than ten years younger than the deceased earner.

(3) In paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 1A to the Pensions Order, in head (a) (adaptations of Article 43C(3) in its application for certain purposes to schemes which are not contracted-out), after sub-head (iii) add the following sub-head—

(iv)from sub-paragraph (e), the words from “as respects” to “guaranteed minimum pension”;

and omit head (b) (which made, in relation to schemes which are not contracted-out, similar provision to that made by sub-paragraph (2) as modified by this sub-paragraph).

(4) The amendments made by sub-paragraph (1) shall be deemed to have come into operation on 1st December 1986 (the date on which certain amendments relating to commutation, suspension and forfeiture took, or are deemed to have taken, effect).

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