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The Additional Pension and Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Additional Pension and Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 and shall come into operation on 6th April 2002.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the Administration Act” means the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(1);

“the Contributions and Benefits Act” means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;

“the Pensions Act” means the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993(2);

“the 1994 Regulations” means the Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994(3);

“appropriate table” means—

(a)

in the case of a person attaining pensionable age(4) after the end of the year 2002-03 but before 6th April 2009, Table 5 of paragraph 7(3) of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act (additional pension);

(b)

in the case of a person attaining pensionable age on or after 6th April 2009, Table 6 of paragraph 7(4) of that Schedule;

“contracted-out employment” means employed earner’s employment qualifying a person for a pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme or a money purchase contracted-out scheme or an appropriate personal pension scheme, as the case may be;

“contributions equivalent premium” means the premium referred to in section 51(2) of the Pensions Act(5);

“non-contracted-out employment” means employed earner’s employment which is not contracted-out employment;

“year” means a tax year.

(3) In these Regulations “appropriate personal pension scheme”, “money purchase contracted-out scheme” and “salary related contracted-out scheme” have the same meanings as in the Pensions Act.

(4) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(6) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Calculation of additional pension where contributions equivalent premium paid or treated as paid

2.  Where a contributions equivalent premium—

(a)is paid in accordance with the provisions of sections 51 to 57(7) of the Pensions Act (which deal with the payment of a contributions equivalent premium in respect of specified periods of contracted-out employment) and regulations made thereunder, or

(b)is treated as having been paid in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 5(3) to (3E)(8) of Schedule 1 to the Pensions Act (which provide for a contributions equivalent premium to be treated as paid in respect of contracted-out employment in certain circumstances) and regulations made thereunder,

the amount referred to in section 45(2)(c)(9) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (which provides for the calculation of the amount of additional pension in a Category A retirement pension in relation to the year 2002-03 and subsequent years) is to be calculated in accordance with Parts I and II of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act (the amount and surplus earnings factor) as if the employment in respect of which a premium is paid, or treated as paid, had not been contracted-out employment.

Calculation of additional pension: earnings partly from employment with contracted-out scheme membership

3.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to any year where earnings are paid to or for the benefit of an earner—

(a)partly in respect of non-contracted-out employment, and

(b)partly in respect of employment qualifying him for a pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme or a money purchase contracted-out scheme, or both.

(2) For any year in relation to which this regulation applies, the amount referred to in paragraph 1(1)(a) of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act shall be amount C where—

(a)amount C is equal to amount A minus amount B, and

(b)amounts A and B are calculated in accordance with paragraphs (3) and (4).

(3) Amount A is to be calculated in accordance with paragraph 5 of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act.

(4) Amount B is to be calculated as follows—

(a)find the earnings factor derived from the aggregate of the amounts of weekly earnings paid in that year in respect of the employment referred to in paragraph (1)(b);

(b)deduct from that earnings factor an amount equal to the weekly lower earnings limit for the year multiplied by the number of tax weeks in which earnings were paid in respect of that employment;

(c)multiply the amount found under sub-paragraph (b) in accordance with the last order under section 130(10) of the Administration Act (revaluation of earnings factors) to come into operation before the end of the final relevant year;

(d)multiply the amount found under sub-paragraph (c) by the percentage specified in paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act which is applicable in the case of the earner.

Calculation of additional pension: earnings partly from employment with scheme membership

4.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to any year where earnings are paid to or for the benefit of an earner—

(a)partly in respect of non-contracted-out employment, and

(b)partly in respect of employment qualifying him for a pension provided by an appropriate personal pension scheme.

(2) For any year in relation to which this regulation applies, the amount referred to in paragraph 1(1)(a) of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act shall be amount C where—

(a)amount C is equal to amount A minus amount B, and

(b)amounts A and B are calculated in accordance with paragraphs (3) and (4).

(3) Amount A is to be calculated in accordance with paragraph 5 of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act.

(4) Amount B is to be calculated as follows—

(a)find the earnings factor derived from the aggregate of the amounts of weekly earnings paid in that year in respect of employment qualifying the earner for a pension provided by an appropriate personal pension scheme;

(b)deduct from that earnings factor an amount equal to the qualifying earnings factor for that year;

(c)calculate the part of the amount found under sub-paragraph (b) falling into each of the bands specified in the appropriate table;

(d)multiply the amount of each such part in accordance with the last order under section 130 of the Administration Act to come into operation before the end of the final relevant year;

(e)multiply each amount found under sub-paragraph (d) by such percentage specified in the appropriate table in relation to the appropriate band as is applicable in the case of the earner;

(f)add together the amounts calculated under sub-paragraph (e).

Calculation of additional pension: other cases of mixed forms of contracted-out employment

5.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to any year where earnings are paid to or for the benefit of an earner—

(a)partly in respect of—

(i)employment qualifying him for a pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme or a money purchase contracted-out scheme, or both, and

(ii)employment qualifying him for a pension provided by an appropriate personal pension scheme, or

(b)partly in respect of—

(i)non-contracted-out employment;

(ii)employment qualifying him for a pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme or a money purchase contracted-out scheme, or both, and

(iii)employment qualifying him for a pension provided by an appropriate personal pension scheme.

(2) For any year in relation to which this regulation applies, the amount referred to in paragraph 1(1)(a) of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act shall be amount C where—

(a)amount C is equal to amount A minus amount B, and

(b)amounts A and B are calculated in accordance with paragraphs (3) and (4).

(3) Amount A is to be calculated in accordance with paragraph 5 of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act.

(4) Amount B is the sum of amount D and amount E, and—

(a)amount D is to be calculated as follows—

(i)find the earnings factor derived from the aggregate of the amounts of weekly earnings paid in that year in respect of the employment referred to in paragraph (1)(a)(i) or, as the case may be, (b)(ii);

(ii)deduct from that earnings factor an amount equal to the weekly lower earnings limit for the year multiplied by the number of tax weeks in which earnings were paid in respect of that employment;

(iii)multiply the amount found under head (ii) in accordance with the last order under section 130 of the Administration Act to come into operation before the end of the final relevant year;

(iv)multiply the amount found under head (iii) by the percentage specified in paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 4A to the Contributions and Benefits Act which is applicable in the case of the earner;

(b)amount E is to be calculated as follows—

(i)find the earnings factor derived from the aggregate of the amounts of weekly earnings paid in that year in respect of the employment referred to in paragraph (1)(a)(ii) or, as the case may be, (b)(iii);

(ii)add to that earnings factor an amount equal to the weekly lower earnings limit for the year multiplied by the number of tax weeks in which earnings were paid in respect of weeks of that employment;

(iii)deduct from the amount found under head (ii) an amount equal to the qualifying earnings factor for that year;

(iv)calculate the part of the amount found under head (iii) falling into each of the bands specified in the appropriate table;

(v)multiply the amount of each such part in accordance with the last order under section 130 of the Administration Act to come into operation before the end of the final relevant year;

(vi)multiply each amount found under head (v) by such percentage specified in the appropriate table in relation to the appropriate band as is applicable in the case of the earner;

(vii)add together the amounts calculated under head (vi).

Preclusion from regular employment

6.  The condition referred to in section 44A(2)(c)(ii) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (which relates to the condition to be satisfied for a person to be taken to be precluded from regular employment by responsibilities at home throughout a year for the purposes of paragraph 5(7)(b) of Schedule 3 to that Act) is that specified in regulation 2(2)(b) or (3) of the 1994 Regulations (which refer respectively to a person to whom income support is payable and a person regularly engaged in caring for at least 35 hours a week for someone in receipt of certain benefits).

Amendment of the 1994 Regulations

7.  In regulation 2 of the 1994 Regulations (preclusion from regular employment for the purpose of paragraph 5(7)(b) of Schedule 3 to the Contributions and Benefits Act)—

(a)after paragraph (4) there shall be inserted—

(4A) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a) of this regulation, where—

(a)child benefit first becomes payable to a person in respect of a child on the first Monday in a year, and

(b)child benefit would, but for the provisions of section 143(2) of the Act, have been payable to that person in respect of that child for the part of that year falling before that Monday,

that person shall be treated as if he were entitled to child benefit and, accordingly, as if child benefit were payable to him for that part of that year.;

(b)in paragraph (5) for sub-paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(b)in the case of a person who satisfies the conditions in paragraph (3) of this regulation in respect of any year preceding 2002-03, if he does not furnish such information as the Department may from time to time require which is relevant to the question of whether, in that year, he was precluded from regular employment by responsibilities at home within the meaning of these Regulations, or

(c)in the case of a person who satisfies the conditions in paragraph (3) of this regulation in respect of the year 2002-03 or any subsequent year, if he does not, within the period of 3 years immediately following the end of that year, furnish such information as the Department may from time to time require which is relevant to the question of whether, in that year, he was precluded from regular employment by responsibilities at home within the meaning of these Regulations..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 31st December 2001.

L.S.

John O'Neill

Senior Officer of the

Department for Social Development

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