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The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

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Valuations of closed schemes
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140.—(1) Regulations may make provision requiring the trustees or managers of closed schemes to obtain actuarial valuations of the scheme at such intervals as may be prescribed for the purposes of enabling them to determine—

(a)the benefits payable under the scheme rules;

(b)whether to make an application under Article 141.

(2) Regulations under this Article may prescribe how—

(a)the assets, the full scheme liabilities and the protected liabilities in relation to closed schemes, and

(b)their amount or value,

are to be determined, calculated and verified.

(3) Subject to any provision made under paragraph (2), those matters are to be determined, calculated and verified in accordance with guidance issued by the Board.

(4) In calculating the amount of any liabilities for the purposes of a valuation required by virtue of this Article, a provision of the scheme rules which limits the amount of the scheme’s liabilities by reference to the value of its assets is to be disregarded.

(5) Nothing in regulations under this Article may require the trustees or managers of a closed scheme to obtain an actuarial valuation of the scheme until—

(a)the period within which the issue of the determination notice, under Article 137(6), in respect of the Board’s determination to authorise the scheme to continue as a closed scheme, may be reviewed by virtue of Chapter 6 has expired, and

(b)if the issue of the notice is so reviewed—

(i)the review and any reconsideration,

(ii)any reference to the PPF Ombudsman in respect of the issue of the notice, and

(iii)any appeal against his determination or directions,

has been finally disposed of and the notice has not been revoked, varied or substituted.

(6) In this Article, in relation to a scheme—

“actuarial valuation” means a written valuation of—

(a)

the scheme’s assets,

(b)

the full scheme liabilities, and

(c)

the protected liabilities in relation to the scheme,

prepared and signed by the actuary;

“the actuary” means—

(a)

the actuary appointed under Article 47(1)(b) of the 1995 Order (professional advisers) in relation to the scheme, or

(b)

if no such actuary has been appointed—

(i)

a person with prescribed qualifications or experience, or

(ii)

a person approved by the Department;

“assets” do not include assets representing the value of any rights in respect of money purchase benefits under the scheme rules;

“closed scheme” has the same meaning as in Article 139;

“full scheme liabilities” means—

(a)

the liabilities under the scheme rules to or in respect of members of the scheme,

(b)

other liabilities of the scheme, and

(c)

the estimated cost of winding up the scheme;

“liabilities” do not include liabilities in respect of money purchase benefits under the scheme rules.

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