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Articles 124 and 125: interpretationN.I.
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126 .F1—(1 )F2 For the purposes of Articles 124 and 125—

  • “admissible rules” is to be construed in accordance with Schedule 6;

  • “assessment date” means the date on which the assessment period begins;

  • “ill health pension”, in relation to a scheme, means a pension which, immediately before the assessment date, is a pension to which a person is entitled under the admissible rules in circumstances where that entitlement arose before normal pension age by virtue of any provision of the admissible rules making special provision as to early payment of pension on grounds of ill health;

  • “normal pension age”, in relation to a scheme and any pension under it, means the age specified in the admissible rules as the earliest age at which the pension becomes payable without actuarial adjustment (disregarding any admissible rule making special provision as to early payment on the grounds of ill health) and sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) of paragraph 34 of Schedule 6 apply in relation to this Article as they apply in relation to that Schedule;

  • “notional reviewed rate of compensation”, in respect of an ill health pension, means—

    (a)

    the annual rate of compensation which would be payable in respect of the pension at the assessment date, if the Board assumed responsibility for the scheme and the compensation so payable at that date was determined in accordance with regulations under Article 125(2), or

    (b)

    if no such compensation would have been so payable at that date, nil;

  • “pensionable service” is to be construed in accordance with Schedule 6;

  • “scheme valuation”, in relation to a scheme, means a valuation under Article [F3127(2)(b)] of the assets and protected liabilities of the scheme as at the time immediately before the assessment period begins.

(2) For the purposes of Article 124(4)—

(a)the definition of “normal pension age” in paragraph (1), and

(b)sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) of paragraph 34 of Schedule 6 as they apply by virtue of that definition,

have effect as if the references in those provisions to the admissible rules were references to the scheme rules.

(3) Paragraph 37(4) of Schedule 6 (references to “ill health” to be construed in accordance with regulations) applies in relation to Articles 124 and 125 and this Article as if, in that provision, the reference to that Schedule included a reference to those Articles and this Article.

(4 )F2 In those Articles references to the Board assuming responsibility for the scheme are to the Board assuming responsibility for the scheme in accordance with this Chapter at the time the assessment period in question comes to an end.

F1mod. by SR 2005/171

F2mod. by SR 2005/55

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