The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

5.  (1)  Compensation is payable in accordance with this paragraph where immediately before the assessment date—N.I.

(a)a person is entitled to present payment of a pension under the admissible rules of the scheme,

(b)payment of that pension is postponed, and

(c)he has attained normal pension age in relation to the pension.

(2) That person ( “the postponed pensioner”) is entitled to periodic compensation in respect of that pension ( “the pension”) commencing at the assessment date and continuing for life or, in a case to which sub-paragraph (7) applies, until such time as entitlement to the pension would have ceased under the admissible rules.

(3) The annual rate of the periodic compensation is 100% of the aggregate of—

(a)the protected pension rate, and

(b)any increases under paragraph 28 (annual increases in periodic compensation).

(4) In sub-paragraph (3) “the protected pension rate” means what would have been the annual rate of the pension, under the admissible rules, if the postponement of payment had ceased immediately before the assessment date.

F1F2(5 )F1 In determining for the purposes of sub-paragraph (4) the annual rate of the pension immediately before the assessment date, any recent discretionary increase is to be disregarded if paragraph 35(3) applies [F3to the scheme].

(6) Where the pension is attributable (directly or indirectly) to a pension credit, the reference in sub-paragraph (1)(c) to “normal pension age” is to be read as a reference to “normal benefit age”.

(7) This sub-paragraph applies where the pension was not attributable to—

(a)the postponed pensioner's pensionable service, or

(b)(directly or indirectly) to a pension credit to which the postponed pensioner became entitled under Article 26(1)(b) of the 1999 Order.

(8) This paragraph is subject to—

(a)paragraph 24 (commutation), and

(b)paragraph 30 (power of Department to change percentage rates by order).

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F1mod. by SR 2005/149

F2mod. by SR 2005/171