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The Occupational Pension Schemes (Contracting-out) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Payment in lieu of benefit and delay in refund for the purposes of employer’s right of recovery

53.—(1) For the purposes of section 57(10) of the Act (payments in lieu of benefit) a payment in lieu of benefit shall include a payment made or to be made out of the resources of the scheme towards the provision of deferred benefits for the earner.

(2) Where on the coming to an end of an employed earner’s service in contracted-out employment, he (or, by virtue of a connection with him, any other person) is or may be entitled to a refund of any payments made under a contracted-out scheme by or in respect of him towards the provision of benefits under the scheme, paragraphs (3) to (6) shall apply for the purpose of enabling any right of recovery conferred by section 57 of the Act to be exercised.

(3) Where in such a case a contributions equivalent premium falls to be paid in respect of the earner under the Act, the person liable for the refund shall not, after he has been given notice in accordance with paragraph (5) (“notice of delay”), make the refund in whole or in part until the expiration of the period of delay specified in paragraph (4), but this paragraph shall not apply to so much, if any, of the refund as exceeds the amount certified by the Department under section 59(1)(d) of the Act (further provisions concerning calculations relating to premiums).

(4) The period of delay referred to in paragraph (3) shall be the period beginning with the notice of delay and ending with the expiration of 4 weeks after the payment of the contributions equivalent premium or any part of it, or 4 weeks after the end of the prescribed period for the payment of the premium, whichever first occurs.

(5) A notice of delay shall be a notice in writing given by the trustees of the scheme concerned relating either to a particular case or class of case and containing the following particulars—

(a)the name of the earner or such particulars as will sufficiently identify the class of case concerned;

(b)such particulars as will sufficiently identify the refund concerned, and

(c)a memorandum in a form approved by the Department giving brief particulars of the effect of paragraphs (3) and (4).

(6) Where the trustees of a scheme have given notice of delay they shall from time to time inform any person to whom they have given notice of the ending of the period of delay in relation to any refund affected by the notice.

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