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Under Article 69 of the Social Security Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1975 as amended, and as modified by Article 69A of the Order of 1975, the Department of Finance and Personnel is required to provide by Order for increases in the rates of public service pensions. Under Article 69(7) of the 1975 Order, Article 69 of that Order has effect as if it were contained in the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Section 9(2)(c) of the Act of 1971 provides that references to the ‘rate’ of pension shall have effect as references also to the amount of a lump sum benefit.
The increase to be made in the rates of such pensions is the percentage (or in some circumstances a fraction of the percentage) by which the Department for Social Development has, by virtue of the provisions of section 132 of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992, increased the sums which are the additional pensions in long-term benefits, namely the additional pension entitlements accruing to employees in respect of their earnings after 5th April 1978.
For pension which began before 12th April 1999 the increase is 1.1%.
For pensions which began on or after 12th April 1999 the increases are computed under the formula set out in Article 69(1)(b) of the Order of 1975 and are as follows:—
|Pensions Beginning||Percentage Increase|
|12th April 1999 to 25th April 1999||1·10%|
|26th April 1999 to 25th May 1999||1·01%|
|26th May 1999 to 25th June 1999||0·92%|
|26th June1999 to 25th July 1999||0·83%|
|26th July 1999 to 25th August 1999||0·73%|
|26th August 1999 to 25th September 1999||0·64%|
|26th September 1999 to 25th October 1999||0·55%|
|26th October 1999 to 25th November 1999||0·46%|
|26th November 1999 to 25th December 1999||0·37%|
|26th December 1999 to 25th January 2000||0·28%|
|26th January 2000 to 25th February 2000||0·18%|
|26th February 2000 to 25th March 2000||0·09%|
|26th March 2000 onwards||Nil|
A deferred lump sum which begins on or before 25th March 2000 and which becomes payable after 9th April 2000 receives the same percentage increase as a pension which begins on the same date.
Article 4 of the Order provides for increases on certain deferred lump sums which became payable after 11th April 1999 and before 10th April 2000.
This Order also provides that the amount by reference to which any increase in the rate of an official pension is to be calculated shall be reduced by an amount equal to the rate of the guaranteed minimum pension entitlement deriving from the employment which gives rise to the official pension. This is required by Article 69(5) of the Social Security Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1975 but Article 69A of that Order empowers the Department of Finance and Personnel to direct that in respect of specified cases or classes of case either no such reduction shall be made or the reduction shall be less than the rate of the guaranteed minimum pension. Article 69(5ZA) applies Article 69(5) to a widow’s or widower’s pension.
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