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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Part IExclusion of Certain Membership for Certain Purposes

Disregard of “superannuable membership” in determining entitlement to benefits

1.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), for the purpose of determining entitlement to any benefit, no account shall be taken of any kind of superannuable membership, that is to say—

(a)any period of added years,

(b)any additional period of membership which counts as such by virtue of regulation B6(6), B15, or C9 of these regulations or regulations D4 to D7 or D13 of the 1992 regulations,

(c)any period which by virtue of interchange rules became reckonable under former regulations only for the purpose of calculating the amount of benefits, or

(d)subject to sub-paragraph (2), any period of membership which counts as such by virtue of regulation K15(1)(a) (transfer values).

(2) Such membership as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(d) is to be taken into account for the purpose of determining entitlement under regulation D18.

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2.  The period of membership mentioned in paragraphs (2) and (3) of regulation E5 does not include a period in respect of which—

(a)a return of contributions has been made, or

(b)payment under regulation C13 has been or is to be treated as having been completed.

Return of contributions: reduction of membership as respects preserved benefits

3.  Where a person has become entitled to preserved benefits and subsequently receives a return of contributions but regulation D12(1)(a) does not apply, for the purposes of—

(a)regulation D2 (“standard retirement pension” and “standard retirement grant”),

(b)regulation D7(2) (entitlement to additional period in cases of retirement for ill-health), and

(c)Schedule D2 (retirement grants),

his period of membership shall be taken to be the period of membership which he is entitled to count after he receives the return of contributions, excluding any period of membership to which the return of contributions relates.

Re-employed pensioners: disregard of certain former membership

4.—(1) Subject to Part II of Schedule D5 (combined benefits), a member who—

(a)has entered the employment of a LGPS employer after becoming entitled to receive payment in respect of any superannuation benefit (other than a superannuation benefit under the Insurance Act), or

(b)has entered such employment after becoming entitled to a benefit under regulation D11 and has given notice under regulation D12(1)(c) (retention of entitlement to preserved benefits),

is not entitled to count as a period of membership any period—

(a)of which account has been taken for the purpose of determining whether he was entitled to that benefit, or

(b)of which account has been or is to be taken for the purpose of calculating its amount.

(2) Subject to Part II of Schedule D5, a member who—

(a)ceased after 5th April 1975 and before 9th February 1979 to hold a local government employment (“the first employment”),

(b)within one month and one day after ceasing to hold the first employment—

(i)entered the employment in which he is a member, and

(ii)became a member in relation to that employment, and

(c)in respect of his ceasing to hold the first employment received a return of contributions under the 1981 regulations,

is not entitled to count as a period of membership any period in respect of which the return of contributions was made.

(3) Subject to Part II of Schedule D5, a member who—

(a)on ceasing to hold a local government employment became entitled to a benefit under regulation D9 or D11, and

(b)in respect of his ceasing to hold that employment received a return of the whole of the aggregate amount of his contributions to the fund (within the meaning of regulation C22),

is not entitled to count as a period of membership any period in respect of which the return of contributions was made.

(4) Subject to Part II of Schedule D5, a member who—

(a)on ceasing to hold a local government employment became entitled to a benefit under regulation D9 or D11,

(b)in respect of his ceasing to hold that employment received a return of part of the aggregate amount mentioned in paragraph (3)(b),

(c)did not enter the employment in which he is a member after becoming entitled to receive payment in respect of any superannuation benefit (other than a superannuation benefit under the Insurance Act), and

(d)has not given notice under regulation D12(1)(c) (retention of entitlement to preserved benefits),

is not entitled to count as a period of membership any period in respect of which the return of contributions was made.

(5) Subject to paragraph (6), a member who—

(a)before entering the employment in which he is a member was in another local government employment (“the first employment”), and

(b)in respect of his ceasing to hold the first employment received a return of contributions under the 1981 regulations, the 1992 regulations or these regulations,

is not entitled to count as a period of membership any period in respect of which the return of contributions was made.

(6) Paragraph (5) does not apply where paragraph (2), (3)(a) or (4)(a), (c) and (d) applies.

(7) Where—

(a)before entering the employment in which he is a member, a member was in another local government employment (“the first employment”), and

(b)on his ceasing to hold the first employment a transfer value was paid by the Committee,

the member is not entitled to count as a period of membership any period in respect of which the transfer value was paid.

(8) A woman who exercises, in accordance with Article 111 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(1) a right to return to work after being absent from work wholly or partly because of pregnancy or confinement is, unless she has given notice under regulation D12(1)(c) (retention of entitlement to preserved benefits), to be treated as not having entered a local government employment in any of the circumstances mentioned in this paragraph.

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