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The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation) (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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15.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), where an authorised provider fails to pay any amount due under an annuity or lump sum death benefit provided in accordance with these Regulations, the Department shall be liable to pay that amount.

(2) Where, on or after the date on which these Regulations come into operation, a participator elects for benefits to be provided by an authorised provider other than the one selected by the Department, the Department shall not be liable under paragraph (1).

(3) Lump sums payable—

(a)as mentioned in regulation 11(4); or

(b)under regulation 11(7) or 12,

shall be paid to the deceased’s spouse (provided no notice has been given under regulation 22(1) of the 1995 Regulations that the spouse is not to receive payment) or, if there is no spouse or such notice has been given, to the deceased’s personal representatives.

(4) Lump sums payable under regulation 11(8) or 14(1) shall be paid to the participator.

(5) If when a participator dies a lump sum would have been payable under regulation 11(7) or 12, but the whole or part of that sum cannot be paid by reason of regulation 13 and paragraph 15 of the Schedule, any amount which cannot be paid under those provisions shall be used for the purchase of an annuity which complies with the provisions of regulation 11(2)(b) and (c) to provide a pension for—

(a)the deceased’s spouse, but if none is living;

(b)any dependant child of the deceased,

provided that—

(i)any such person shall be subject to any limit imposed by regulation 13 and paragraph 14 of the Schedule; and

(ii)any amount remaining after the purchase of such a pension, or the whole amount if no such person as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) is living, less any amount of tax chargeable under section 599A of the Taxes Act(1) (charge to tax; payments out of surplus funds), shall be paid to the deceased’s personal representatives.

(6) If, by reason of regulation 13 and paragraphs 7 to 14 of the Schedule, an annuity falling to be provided under regulation 11 is not payable in full, there shall, subject to paragraph (7), be paid to the participator the balance of the amount, or aggregate of amounts, not exceeding the prescribed amount as defined in paragraph (8), out of the investments by virtue of regulation 11(5) which would otherwise have been applicable to the purchase of the annuity less the amount of any tax chargeable under section 599A of the Taxes Act.

(7) Where, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (6), contributions have been made by the employer, the balance (to the extent that it is attributable to contributions made by the employer) less the amount of any tax chargeable under section 601 of the Taxes Act, shall be paid to the employer.

(8) In paragraph (6) the reference to a prescribed amount is to an amount calculated in accordance with the method for the time being specified in regulations made for the purposes of section 591 of the Taxes Act (discretionary approval) as the method to be used for calculating the amount of any surplus funds.

(9) In the case of a participator to whom benefits become payable under any of regulations 12 to 17 of the 1995 Regulations, the Department may realise such part of the investments made under these Regulations as is derived from any contributions made by the participator’s employer without purchasing an annuity and, in that event, the amount shall be payable to the participator as a lump sum.

(10) In the case of a participator to whom regulation 13(7) or 17(5) of the 1995 Regulations applies (early retirement on grounds of ill-health), the Department may realise the investments made under these Regulations without purchasing an annuity and, in that event, the proceeds shall be payable as a lump sum less any charge to tax under section 599 of the Taxes Act.

(1)

Section 599A was inserted by section 75 of, and paragraph 12 of Schedule 6 to, the Finance Act 1989 (c. 26)

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