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The Pensions on Divorce etc. (Charging) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (8), a person responsible for a pension arrangement shall not recover any charges incurred in connection with—

(a)the provision of information under—

(i)regulation 2 of the Provision of Information Regulations (basic information about pensions on divorce);

(ii)regulation 4 of those Regulations (provision of information in response to a notification that a pension sharing order or provision may be made), or

(iii)regulation 10 of those Regulations (provision of information after receipt of an earmarking order);

(b)complying with any order specified in Article 22 (charges by pension arrangements in relation to earmarking orders), or

(c)any description of pension sharing activity specified in regulation 5,

unless he has complied with the requirements of paragraphs (2) to (5).

(2) The requirements mentioned in paragraph (1) are that the person responsible for a pension arrangement shall, before a pension sharing order or provision is made—

(a)inform the member or his spouse, as the case may be, in writing of his intention to recover costs incurred in connection with any of the matters specified in sub-paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of paragraph (1), and

(b)provide the member or his spouse, as the case may be, with a written schedule of charges in accordance with paragraphs (3) and (4) in respect of those matters specified in sub-paragraph (a) or (c) of paragraph (1) for which a charge may be recoverable.

(3) No charge shall be recoverable in respect of any of the items mentioned in paragraph (4) unless the person responsible for a pension arrangement has specified in the written schedule of charges mentioned in paragraph (2)(b) that a charge may be recoverable in respect of that item.

(4) The items referred to in paragraph (3) are—

(a)the provision of a cash equivalent other than one which is provided in accordance with the provisions of—

(i)section 89A or 90(1) (salary related schemes: right to statement of entitlement, and right to cash equivalent);

(ii)regulation 11(1) of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(2) (disclosure), or

(iii)regulation 5 (information to be made available to individuals) of, and paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 (provision of cash equivalent) to, the Personal Pension Schemes (Disclosure of Information) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(3);

(b)subject to regulation 3(2)(b) or (c), as the case may be, the provision of a valuation in accordance with regulation 2(2) of the Provision of Information Regulations;

(c)whether a person responsible for a pension arrangement intends to recover the cost of providing membership of the pension arrangement to the person entitled to a pension credit, before or after the pension sharing order is implemented;

(d)whether the person responsible for a pension arrangement intends to recover additional charges, in the circumstances prescribed in regulation 6, in respect of pension sharing activity described in regulation 5;

(e)whether the charges are inclusive or exclusive of value added tax, where the person responsible for a pension arrangement is required to charge value added tax in accordance with the provisions of the Value Added Tax Act 1994(4);

(f)periodical charges in respect of pension sharing activity which the person responsible for a pension arrangement may make when a person entitled to a pension credit becomes a member of the pension arrangement from which the pension credit is derived;

(g)whether the person responsible for a pension arrangement intends to recover charges specified in regulation 10 (charges in relation to earmarking orders).

(5) In the case of the cost referred to in paragraph (4)(c) or the charges to be imposed in respect of pension sharing activity described in regulation 5, the person responsible for a pension arrangement shall provide—

(a)a single estimate of the overall cost of the pension sharing activity;

(b)a range of estimates of the overall cost of the pension sharing activity which is dependent upon the complexity of an individual case, or

(c)a breakdown of the cost of each element of pension sharing activity for which a charge shall be made.

(6) Subject to regulation 9(3) and (4), a person responsible for a pension arrangement shall recover only those sums which represent the reasonable administrative expenses which he has incurred or is likely to incur in connection with any of the activities mentioned in paragraph (1), or in relation to a pension sharing order having been made the subject of an application for leave to appeal out of time.

(7) The requirements of paragraph (2) do not apply in connection with the recovery by a person responsible for a pension arrangement of costs incurred in relation to a pension sharing order having been made the subject of an application for leave to appeal out of time.

(8) Unless the person responsible for the pension arrangement has furnished the information specified in regulation 2(2) and (3) of the Provision of Information Regulations to the member or his spouse, on request, or the court, within a period of 12 months immediately prior to the date of the request for, or the court order for the provision of, that information, the information shall be provided to the member or, where appropriate, his spouse, without charge.

(1)

Section 89A was inserted by Article 149 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/3213 (N.I. 22)) and is amended by paragraph 23 of Schedule 9 to the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, and section 90 was amended by Article 150 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and paragraph 24 of Schedule 9 to the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

(2)

S.R. 1996 No. 619; to which there are amendments not relevant to this regulation

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