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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Class B members and Class C members

3.  Paragraphs 4 to 6 set out limits on benefits in respect of local government employment payable to or in respect of a Class B member or Class C member under these Regulations and paragraph 7 limits additional contributions in some circumstances.

4.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the aggregate pensions payable on retirement at normal retirement date must not exceed the lesser of –

(a)for Class B members, one thirtieth of the member’s final remuneration multiplied by his years of service, or 20 years if less;

(b)for Class C members with less than 10 years service, the member’s final remuneration multiplied by the fraction specified below –

1 to 5 years1/60th for each year
6 years8/60ths
7 years16/60ths
8 years24/60ths
9 years32/60ths

(c)two thirds of the member’s final remuneration less the value of any retained rights.

(2) But if it results in a higher sum than the maximum under sub-paragraph (1), the maximum aggregate pension on retirement at his normal retirement date is one sixtieth of the member’s final remuneration multiplied by his years of service or 40 years if less.

(3) But for a pension payable under regulation 29 the limit is the maximum pension payable under sub-paragraph (1) or (2), multiplied by the years of service the member would have had if he had continued as an active member until his normal retirement date.

(4) For a pension payable under regulation 28 or 33, if it results in a higher sum, for the maximum under sub-paragraph (2) there is substituted an amount equal to the amount that would be the maximum under sub-paragraph (2) if the member had remained an active member until his normal retirement date, multiplied by the fraction of which –

(a)the numerator is –

(i)his years of service, or

(ii)40 years,

whichever is less, and

(b)the denominator is –

(i)his years of service, assuming he had remained an active member until his normal retirement date, or

(ii)40 years,

whichever is less.

  • This amount may be increased by 5 per cent. for each complete year, or in line with any increases in the retail prices index if greater, between the relevant date and the date on which the pension becomes payable.

(5) The aggregate pension payable on retirement after the member’s normal retirement date must not exceed –

(a)the amount payable under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) on the basis the actual retirement date was the member’s normal retirement date;

(b)the amount that could have been payable under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) on retirement at normal retirement date –

(i)with such an increase as an actuary appointed by the Committee considers appropriate in view of the period of delay in payment between his normal retirement date and the actual date the pension becomes payable, or

(ii)adjusted to reflect any increase in the general level of retail prices in Great Britain during that period;

(c)one sixtieth of the member’s final remuneration, multiplied by his increased period of membership,

whichever is the greatest.

(6) For sub-paragraphs (1) to (5) a member who is entitled to be paid a lump sum on retirement is treated as if he were entitled instead to be paid a pension on retirement of an annual amount equal to one twelfth of the lump sum.

(7) A member’s increased period of membership is the sum of –

(a)his total membership ending with his normal retirement date; and

(b)his total membership after his normal retirement date,

but must not exceed 45 years.

(8) The aggregate pension in respect of local government employment for a surviving spouse or eligible child of a member (other than a pension provided by surrender of the member’s own pension under regulation 36) payable or prospectively payable to that surviving spouse or eligible child shall not exceed –

(a)in the case of an active or deferred member, an amount equal to two thirds of the amount which would be payable under sub-paragraph (3), ignoring any retained rights, if the member had retired in circumstances entitling him to an ill-health pension and grant under regulation 29 on the date of his death; and

(b)in the case of a pensioner member, an amount equal to two thirds of the amount payable at the date of death under sub-paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) ignoring any retained rights and increased in line with any subsequent increase in the retail prices index.

(9) If pensions are payable to more than one of the member’s surviving spouse and eligible children, the aggregate of all such pensions shall not exceed –

(a)on the death of an active member or deferred member the amount payable under sub-paragraph (3); and

(b)on the death of a pensioner member, the amount payable under sub-paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4) or (5).

5.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the aggregate benefit payable by way of a retirement grant for a Class B member on retirement at or before his normal retirement date must not exceed the lesser of –

(a)three times the initial pension paid to the member under Part II and Part III, excluding Chapter IV of Part III; and

(b)one and a half times the member’s final remuneration less the value of any retained benefits in lump sum form.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the aggregate benefit payable by way of a retirement grant on retirement at his normal retirement date for a Class C member must not exceed the lesser of –

(a)if the member has less than 20 years service, his final remuneration multiplied by the fraction set out in the table below –

Years of service to normal retirement date80ths of final remuneration
1 to 83 for each year
930
1036
1142
1248
1354
1463
1572
1681
1790
1899
19108; and

(b)one and a half times the member’s final remuneration less the value of any retained rights in lump sum form.

(3) If it results in a higher sum than the maximum under sub-paragraph (1) or (2), the maximum aggregate retirement grant is three eightieths of the member’s final remuneration multiplied by each year of service or 40 years if less.

(4) But for a retirement grant payable under regulation 29, the limit is the maximum retirement grant payable under sub-paragraph (1), (2) or (3) assuming he continued as an active member until his normal retirement date.

(5) The aggregate benefit payable to a Class C member by way of retirement grant before his normal retirement date is the greater of –

(a)three eightieths of the member’s final remuneration multiplied by his years of service or 40 years if less; and

(b)the maximum lump sum that could have been payable on retirement at his normal retirement date under sub-paragraph (2) multiplied by the fraction of which –

(i)the numerator is the member’s actual period of local government employment prior to leaving the Scheme or 40 years if less, and

(ii)the denominator is his total period of membership assuming he had remained an active member until his normal retirement date or 40 years if less.

  • This amount may be increased in line with any increase in the retail prices index between the relevant date and the date on which the benefit becomes payable.

(6) The aggregate benefit payable to a Class B member or a Class C member by way of a retirement grant on retirement after his normal retirement date must not exceed the greatest of –

(a)the amount payable under sub-paragraph (1), (2) or (3) on the basis that the actual retirement date was the member’s normal retirement date;

(b)the amount that could have been payable under sub-paragraph (1), (2) or (3) on retirement on his normal retirement date together with interest in respect of the period of the delay in payment between that date and the actual date of payment;

(c)three eightieths of the member’s final remuneration multiplied by his increased period of membership.

(7) A member’s increased period of membership is the aggregate of –

(a)his total membership ending with his normal retirement date; and

(b)his total period of membership after his normal retirement date

but must not exceed 45 years.

(8) The benefits payable by way of a lump sum on the death of an active or deferred member must not exceed four times his final remuneration (disregarding the proviso in paragraph 1(9), paragraph 1(10) and paragraph 9(6)) less any lump sum death in service retained rights (other than a refund of the member’s contributions and any interest on such contributions) or, if greater, £5,000.

6.—(1) The years of service taken into account under paragraph 4(1) and (2), and the total membership taken into account under paragraphs 4(7)(a) and 5(7)(a) must not exceed 40 years.

(2) Without prejudice to Schedule 3, a credited period which is counted as a period of membership under regulation 125(1) does not count in calculating years of service for sub-paragraph (1) or paragraph 4 or 5.

7.—(1) If adding the additional contributions payable by a Class B member or a Class C member under an agreement made by him before the commencement date (other than AVCs payable under Schedule C3 to the 2000 Regulations or any corresponding earlier provision) to those payable by him under regulations 11, 16 and 17 and any FSAVC scheme would cause the total of those contributions to exceed 15 per cent. of his remuneration, he may not pay that excess, but he may pay a lump sum representing it to the Scheme at a time permitted by the Retirement Benefits Schemes (Continuation of Rights of Members of Approved Schemes) Regulations 1990.

(2) That lump sum must be calculated in a way approved by the Government Actuary, who may issue guidance indicating how it is to be done.

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