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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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CHAPTER IIPENSION CREDIT MEMBERS AND PENSION CREDIT

Application of the Regulations to pension credit members

138.  Part I (preliminary provisions), regulations 95 (interest on late payment of certain benefits), 96 (payments due in respect of deceased persons) and 97(non-assignability) and Chapter IV (determinations, information and records) of Part IV (Administration) of these Regulations apply to a pension credit member.

Calculation

139.—(1) The annual rate of the pension at normal benefit age shall be the pension calculated as referred to in regulation 133(4), increased in accordance with the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971(1) and, if applicable, the Pensions Increase (Northern Ireland) Order 1974 from the valuation date.

(2) The lump sum grant shall be equal to three times the annual rate of the pension.

Payment of benefits

140.—(1) A pension credit member who attains normal benefit age is entitled to the immediate payment of a pension and, if applicable, a lump sum grant.

(2) The pension and the lump sum grant are payable from the fund.

(3) The pension is payable for life.

Death grants

141.—(1) When a pension credit member dies before he attains the age of 70, the Committee shall pay a death grant.

(2) The amount of the death grant of a pension credit member who dies before his normal benefit age is a lump sum equal to three times the annual rate of the pension that would have been paid to him if on the date of his death he had become entitled to that pension.

(3) The amount of the death grant of a pension credit member who dies after he is in receipt of a pension under this Part is a lump sum equal to five times the annual rate of the pension being paid to him at the date of his death but reduced by the amount of any payments of that pension made to him under regulation 140.

(4) The Committee at its absolute discretion may make payments of a death grant to or for the benefit of the pension credit member’s nominee or personal representatives, or any person appearing to the Committee to have been his relative or dependant at any time.

(5) If the Committee has not made payments under paragraph (4) equalling in aggregate the pension credit member’s death grant before the expiry of the period of two years beginning with his death, it must pay an amount equal to the shortfall to the pension credit member’s personal representatives.

Commutation: small pensions

142.—(1) If the annual rate of the pension to which a pension credit member is entitled is –

(a)not more than £195, if he has received a lump sum grant; or

(b)otherwise, not more than £260,

the Committee may pay him a lump sum representing the capital value of the pension.

(2) If the pension credit member is entitled to more than one pension under the Scheme, a lump sum is only payable if the aggregate amount payable to that member is less than £195 or £260, as the case may be.

(3) The capital value of the pension must be calculated in accordance with guidance issued by the Government Actuary.

(4) The payment of a lump sum in respect of a pension due to the pension credit member under this regulation discharges the Committee from its liability for the pension.

(5) The Committee must deduct from any payment under this regulation any tax to which it may become chargeable under section 599 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988(2).

Commutation: serious ill-health

143.—(1) In circumstances where a pension credit member is suffering from serious ill-health at any time prior to the date when he first becomes entitled to receive a pension under this Part, the whole of that pension may be commuted for a lump sum and the total of –

(a)that lump sum; and

(b)the lump sum grant (if applicable)

(“the commutation payment”) paid to the pension credit member.

(2) The lump sum referred to in paragraph (1)(a) shall be equal to five times the annual rate of the pension to which the pension credit member would have been entitled if on the date of commutation he had reached the normal benefit age.

(3) If applicable, the lump sum grant shall be equal to three times that annual rate.

(4) In this regulation, “serious ill-health” means ill-health which is such as to give rise to a life expectancy of less than one year from the date on which commutation of the pension is to take effect.

(5) Before making any decision as to whether a pension credit member may be entitled under paragraph (1), the Committee must obtain from an independent registered medical practitioner which it has appointed a certificate as to whether in his opinion the pension credit member is suffering from serious ill-health.

(6) Payment of the commutation payment discharges the Committee’s liability to the pension credit member in respect of his pension credit benefits.

(7) The Committee must deduct from the commutation payment any tax to which it may become chargeable under section 599 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

(1)

1971 c. 35 (N.I.) sections 3, 8 and 15 are amended by Article 36 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

(2)

1988 c. 41 Section 599 was amended by the Finance Act 1989 (c. 26), Schedule 6, paragraphs 11 and 18

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