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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Part FSurviving Spouses' Pensions

Death of a member

Member’s spouse’s short-term pension

F1.—(1) Subject to regulation G8(3) if a member dies leaving a surviving spouse or spouses, that spouse is entitled or, as the case may be, they are jointly entitled, to a spouse’s short-term pension—

(a)if the spouse has one or more eligible children in his or her care, for six months after the member’s death, or

(b)otherwise for three months after the member’s death.

(2) Where paragraph (1) applies then, subject to paragraph 21 of Schedule D5 (re-employed pensioners), the annual rate of the short-term pension is a rate equal to the deceased member’s pensionable remuneration.

(3) Paragraph 7 of Schedule D1 (by virtue of which a member is, in respect of any period of part-time local government employment, to be treated as having received the remuneration which would have been paid in respect of a single comparable whole-time employment) does not apply to the application of regulation D1 and that Schedule to this regulation.

Member’s spouse’s long-term pension

F2.—(1) If a member who has a statutory pension entitlement dies leaving a surviving spouse or spouses, that spouse is entitled or, as the case may be, they are jointly entitled, at the end of the period in respect of which a short-term pension is payable under regulation F1, to a spouse’s long-term pension.

(2) Where paragraph (1) applies then, subject to Part IV of Schedule D5 (re-employed pensioners), the annual rate of the long-term pension is—

(a)if the member’s total period of membership was not less than two years, half the annual rate of the retirement pension to which the spouse would have been entitled if on the date of death the spouse had become entitled under regulation D7 (ill-health, etc.), and

(b)otherwise, one one hundred and sixtieth of the member’s pensionable remuneration, multiplied by the length in years of the member’s total period of membership.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a)—

(a)any increase in the deceased’s retirement pension by virtue of regulation D2(2)(i), and

(b)any reduction in that pension under regulation H2, or by virtue of a surrender under regulation D14,

shall be disregarded.

Death of a deferred pensioner

Deferred pensioner’s spouse’s long-term pension

F3.—(1) If a person who is not a member dies leaving a surviving spouse or spouses and at the time of his death he—

(a)was entitled to preserved benefits, or

(b)was in a local government employment and would have been so entitled if he had ceased to hold that employment immediately before that time,

that spouse is entitled or, as the case may be, they are jointly entitled, to a spouse’s long-term pension.

(2) Subject to regulation F6 (post retirement marriages), the annual rate of the long-term pension to which a spouse is entitled under paragraph (1) is half the annual rate of the retirement pension to which the deceased would have been entitled if on the date of death he had become entitled under regulation D5.

Death of a pensioner

Pensioner’s spouse’s short-term pension

F4.—(1) Subject to regulation G8(3), if a person who—

(a)was entitled to receive payments in respect of a retirement pension (other than a pension under regulation D18), or

(b)would have been so entitled but for the operation of regulation H6 (commutation in exceptional circumstances of ill-health) or of Part I of Schedule D5 (re-employed pensioners),

dies leaving a surviving spouse or spouses, that spouse is entitled or, as the case may be, they are jointly entitled to a spouse’s short-term pension—

(i)if the spouse has one or more eligible children in his or her care, for six months after the deceased’s death, or

(ii)otherwise for three months after the deceased’s death.

(2) Subject to regulation F6 (post retirement marriages), where paragraph (1) applies, the annual rate of the short-term pension is a rate equal to the spouse’s retirement pension immediately before the date of death or the rate it would have been at that date apart from any payment under regulation H6 or the operation of Part I of Schedule D5.

Pensioner’s spouse’s long-term pension

F5.—(1) Where regulation F4(1) applies the surviving spouse is entitled or, as the case may be, the surviving spouses are jointly entitled, at the end of the period in respect of which a short-term pension is payable under that regulation, to a spouse’s long-term pension.

(2) Subject to regulation F6 (post retirement marriages), where paragraph (1) applies and any new employment for the purposes of Part I of Schedule D5 (re-employed pensioners) was not a local government employment, the annual rate of the long-term pension is half the annual rate of the deceased’s retirement pension immediately before the date of death.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)—

(a)any increase in the deceased’s retirement pension by virtue of regulation D2(2)(i),

(b)any reduction in that pension under regulation D13 or H2 or by virtue of a surrender under regulation D14, and

(c)any extinguishment of that pension by virtue of the operation of regulation H6 or Part I of Schedule D5,

shall be disregarded.

General provisions relating to surviving spouses' pensions

Post retirement marriages

F6.—(1) Where a surviving spouse who was not married to the deceased at some time while the member was in local government employment after 31st March 1972 and before the date on which he became entitled to a retirement pension—

(a)the long-term pension under regulation F3,

(b)the short-term pension under regulation F4, and

(c)the long-term pension under regulation F5,

shall be calculated in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) Where paragraph (1) applies the references in regulations F3(2), F4(2) and F5(2) to the retirement pension are to be construed as references to the part of the pension which is attributable to the period of membership in contracted-out employment after 5th April 1978 in the case of a man and 5th April 1988 in the case of a woman.

Widowers: requirement for post 31st March 1972 membership and consequent adjustments to “retirement pension”

F7.—(1) For the purpose of determining entitlement to a widower’s pension under regulations F3(1), F4(1) and F5(1), in those regulations—

“retirement pension” means a retirement pension of which at least part is attributable to a period of membership after 31st March 1972;

“local government employment” means local government employment of which at least part was employment after that date; and

“preserved benefits” means preserved benefits of which at least part are attributable to a period of membership after that date.

(2) For the purposes of calculating a widower’s short-term pension under regulation F4(2) or long-term pension under regulation F2(2), F3(2) or F5(2), in those regulations “retirement pension” means a retirement pension calculated—

(a)by reference to the length in years of the wife’s period of membership after that date, and

(b)if the widower was his wife’s husband at some time while she was in local government employment after 31st March 1972, by reference also to—

(i)the length in years of any period treated under paragraph (3) as a period of membership after 31st March 1972, and

(ii)the length in years of any period of which notice is given in accordance with paragraph 1(1) of Schedule F1.

(iii)the length in years of any period of membership in respect of which payment under regulation C14 has been or is treated as having been completed.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(b)(i) the following periods are to be treated as periods of membership after 31st March 1972, namely—

(a)membership which the deceased became entitled to count after that date by virtue of regulation D7(2),

(b)membership which the deceased was entitled to count under regulation C9 or paragraph 5 of Schedule M2 (transitional provisions) or regulation D4, D5 or D9 of the 1992 regulations where the necessary payment was made or commenced after that date,

(c)membership which the deceased was entitled to count by virtue of a resolution passed under regulation B15 or regulation D7 of the 1992 regulations after that date, and

(d)membership which is treated as membership after that date by virtue of paragraph 7 of Schedule M2 (transitional provisions), or regulation D13(2) of the 1992 regulations.

Widowers: elections in respect of pre 1st April 1972 membership etc.

F8.  Schedule F1 shall have effect for the purpose of making provision as to elections by women members affecting their widowers' pensions.

Adjustments to pensions of surviving spouses of certain re-employed pensioners

F9.  The provisions of this Part have effect subject to Part IV of Schedule D5 (re-employed pensioners).

Contracting-out requirements: GMP rule

Surviving spouse’s guaranteed minimum pension

F10.—(1) Where—

(a)the employment of a member in any local government employment is contracted-out employment, and

(b)the member has a guaranteed minimum under section 10 of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993(1) in relation to benefits under these regulations,

then, if the member dies at any time leaving a widow or widower, the widow or widower is entitled to a pension at a weekly rate equal to the widow’s or, as the case may be, the widower’s guaranteed minimum (within the meaning of section 13 of that Act (minimum pensions for widows and widowers)) during any period for which that section provides that a pension of not less than that amount is to be payable to the widow or, as the case may be, the widower (unless the widow or widower is entitled to a surviving spouse’s pension at a higher rate).

(2) The guaranteed minimum referred to in paragraph (1) shall, so far as it is attributable to earnings factors for the tax year 1988-89 or for subsequent tax years, be increased in accordance with the requirements of section 105 of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 and to the extent of any orders made thereunder (annual increase of guaranteed minimum pensions).

(3) Where this regulation applies it overrides any provision in these regulations to the extent to which it conflicts with it, except—

(a)regulation H4 (forfeiture of rights), and

(b)regulation H5 (commutation of small pensions).

Cessation of membership before the commencement date

Cessation of membership before the commencement date

F11.  For the purposes of the award of a widower’s pension, where a woman’s membership ceased on or after 6th April 1988 but before the commencement date, her membership shall be deemed to have commenced not earlier than that date.

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