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Pensions Increase (Review) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Pensions Increase (Review) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 and shall come into operation on 12th April 1999.

Interpretation

2.  (1)  In this Order—

“the Act of 1971” means the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971(1);

“basic rate” and “derivative pension” have the meanings given by section 15(1)(2) of the Act of 1971;

“existing Orders” means the Orders referred to in the Schedule;

“official pension” has the meaning given by section 5(1) of the Act of 1971;

“the Order of 1975” means the Social Security Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1975;

“pension authority” has the meaning given by section 7(1) of the Act of 1971;

“qualifying condition” means one of the conditions laid down in section 3 of the Act of 1971(3);

“relevant injury pension”, “substituted pension” and “widow’s pension” have the meanings given by section 15(1) of the Act of 1971.

(2) For the purpose of this Order the time when a pension “begins” is that stated in section 8(2) of the Act of 1971(4).

(3) Where, for the purposes of this Order, it is necessary to calculate the number of complete months in any period an incomplete month shall be treated as a complete month if it consists of at least 16 days.

Increases in certain pensions

3.  (1)  The annual rate of an official pension may, if a qualifying condition is satisfied or the pension is a derivative or substituted pension or a relevant injury pension, be increased as set out in paragraphs (2) and (3) by the pension authority in respect of any period beginning on or after 12th April 1999.

(2) A pension beginning before 6th April 1998 may be increased by 3.2 per cent of the basic rate as increased by the amount of any increase under section 1 of the Act of 1971 or the existing Orders.

(3) A pension beginning on or after 6th April 1998 and before 12th April 1999 may be increased by 3.2 per cent multiplied by

where

  • A is the number of complete months in the period between the beginning of the pension and 11th April 1999 and B is 12.

Increase in certain lump sums

4.  In respect of any lump sum or instalment of a lump sum which became payable before 12th April 1999 but after 5th April 1998 there may be paid an increase of 3.2 per cent of the amount of the lump sum or instalment (as increased by the amount of any increase under section 1 of the Act of 1971 or under the existing Orders) multiplied by

where—

a

A is the number of complete months in the period between the beginning date for the lump sum (or, if later, 6th April 1998) and the date on which it became payable; and

b

B is 12.

Reduction in respect of guaranteed minimum pensions

5.  Where—

  • (a)

    a person is entitled to a guaranteed minimum pension on 12th April 1999; and

    (b)

    entitlement to that guaranteed minimum pension arises from an employment from which (either directly or by virtue of the payment of transfer credit) entitlement to the official pension also arises,

    the amount by reference to which any increase in the rate of an official pension provided for by this Order is to be calculated shall be reduced by an amount equal to the rate of the guaranteed minimum pension unless the Department of Finance and Personnel(5) in accordance with the provisions of Article 69A of the Order of 1975, otherwise directs.

6.  The amount by reference to which any increase in the rate of a widow’s or widower’s pension provided for by this Order is to be calculated shall, where the pensioner becomes entitled on the death of the deceased spouse to a guaranteed minimum pension, be reduced in accordance with Article 69(5ZA)(6) of the Order of 1975.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on

L.S.

Dorothy Angus

Assistant Secretary

11th March 1999.

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