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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Inward transfers of pension rights

124.—(1) If a person who becomes an active member has relevant pension rights, he may request the Committee to accept a transfer value for some or all those rights from the relevant transferor.

(2) Relevant pension rights are accrued rights under –

(a)an occupational pension scheme (other than the Scheme);

(b)a personal pension scheme;

(c)a retirement annuity contract approved by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue under section 620 or 621 of the Taxes Act; or

(d)a self-employed pension arrangement,

but do not include rights to benefits under a scheme, contract or arrangement which are attributable (directly or indirectly) to a pension credit.

(3) Accrued rights include rights to preserved benefits and rights appropriately secured under section 19 of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993.

(4) The relevant transferor is the trustees or managers of the scheme, contract or arrangement under which the transferring person’s relevant pension rights arise.

(5) But the relevant transferor for the rights specified in paragraph (3) is the trustees or managers of the scheme, contract or arrangement, or the insurance company, to which a payment in respect of his accrued rights has been made.

(6) A request from a transferring person under paragraph (1) must be made by notice in writing.

(7) That notice must be given before the expiry of the period of 12 months beginning with the date he became an active member (or such longer period as the Committee may allow).

(8) Where a request under paragraph (1) is duly made the Committee may accept the transfer value and credit it to the pension fund.

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