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The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation Scheme, Injury Benefits, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Civil Partnership) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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Amendment of the Superannuation Scheme Regulations

3.—(1) The Superannuation Scheme Regulations shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions.

(2) In paragraph (3)(d) of regulation 11 (Contributions by employing authorities) after “widow, widower” insert “, surviving civil partner”.

(3) In regulation 22 (Payment of lump sum)—

(a)for widow or widower?CQ? substitute in each place “widow, widower or surviving civil partner”; and

(b)for “widow’s or widower's” substitute “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”.

(4) In regulation 23 (Widows pension)—

(a)in paragraph (2)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (a) omit “and”;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (b) after “remarries” insert “;”

(b)after sub-paragraph 2(b) insert—

(c)no widow’s pension shall be payable in respect of any period during which the widow and a woman who is not her civil partner are living together as if they were civil partners; and

(d)the widow shall cease to be entitled to a widow’s pension if she forms a civil partnership.

(2A) Sub-paragraphs (2)(c) and (d) shall not apply where the member dies before 5th December 2005.;

(c)In paragraph (3) after the words “paragraph (2)” insert “or (2A)”.

(5) After regulation 31 (Increased widower’s pension) insert—

Surviving civil partner’s pension

31A.(1) Subject to the following provisions, if a member who is in a civil partnership dies in the circumstances described in any of the regulations 24 to 28 and leaves a surviving civil partner, the surviving civil partner shall be entitled to a pension as described in this regulation.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3) regulations 23 to 28 apply to the calculation and payment of pensions for surviving civil partners in like manner as they apply to pensions for widows.

(3) When calculating a surviving civil partner’s pension, any part of the member’s benefit that is based on superannuable service before the 6th April 1988 will, subject to paragraphs (4) and (5), be disregarded.

(4) Where regulations 24(3) or 26(2) applies to the calculation of the surviving civil partner’s pension on a member’s death in superannuable employment or with a preserved pension—

(a)the whole of the member’s superannuable service will be taken into account when calculating whether and (if so) to what extent there would have been an increase, by virtue of regulation 13(3) (Early retirement pension (ill health)), in the superannuable service on which the member’s pension under regulation 13 would have been based; and

(b)the whole period (if any) by which the member’s pension would have been increased will be treated as superannuable service after 5th April 1988.

(5) Where regulation 25(2) applies to the calculation of the surviving civil partner’s pension, so that the surviving civil partner’s pension is equal to the member’s pension for a limited period, the surviving civil partner’s pension for that limited period will be equal to the whole of the member’s pension (including any part of the member’s pension that is based on superannuable service before 6th April 1988).

(6) Any reference in these Regulations to regulation 23 to 28 means, in relation to benefits in respect of a member who has formed a civil partnership, those regulations as applicable to the member’s surviving civil partner (if any).

Dependant surviving civil partner’s pension

31B.(1) A member who has formed a civil partnership may, by giving notice in writing to the Department prior to leaving superannuable employment, nominate the other party to the civil partnership to receive a dependent surviving civil partner’s pension on the member’s death.

(2) The Department shall accept the member’s nomination only if it is satisfied that the member’s civil partner is permanently incapable of earning a living because of physical or mental infirmity and is wholly or mainly dependent on the member.

(3) If the Department has accepted a member’s nomination and the member subsequently dies before the other party to the civil partnership, the dependent surviving civil partner shall be entitled to a dependent surviving civil partner’s pension.

(4) The dependent surviving civil partner’s pension shall be calculated in the same way as a widow’s pension under regulations 24 to 28 (Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners), but based only on the member’s superannuable service before 6th April 1988.

(5) If the Department has accepted a member’s nomination for a dependent surviving civil partner’s pension and the member’s superannuable service commenced before 6th April 1988 any lump sum payable to the member will be reduced by an amount equal to 1.4 times the yearly rate of the part of the member’s pension that is based on superannuable service before 6th April 1988 (except to the extent that any reduction has been off-set under regulation 68 (Right to buy an unreduced retirement lump sum)).

(6) Where regulation 13(10) (Early retirement pension (ill health)) or regulation 49(8) (Preserved pension) applies to a member who has formed a civil partnership, any reference in those regulations to a lump sum payable on retirement shall mean, in relation to a member to whom paragraph (5) of this regulation refers, a lump sum which is not reduced as described in that paragraph.

Purchase of surviving civil partner’s pension in respect of service prior to 6th April 1988

31C.(1) Subject to the following provisions an officer or practitioner, unless he is a person in respect of whom a pension has already become payable under regulation 13 (Early retirement pension (ill health)) and to whom regulation 13(11) applies, may, in respect of the whole or any part of his contributing service prior to 6th April 1988, elect to purchase an increase in the amount of any surviving civil partner’s pension which may become payable by virtue of regulation 31A.

(2) The purchase of an increase pursuant to paragraph (1) may be made only in respect of complete years of service unless the officer or practitioner wishes to purchase an increase in respect of all his service before 6th April 1988 in which case the whole of the requisite period may be purchased whether or not it constitutes a multiple of complete years of service.

(3) An election pursuant to paragraph (1)—

(a)shall not be made later than 4th March 2007 by giving notice in writing to the Department specifying the period in respect of which the election is made;

(b)must be accompanied by a declaration in writing signed by the officer or practitioner that he is of sound health for his age; and

(c)shall be irrevocable.

(4) Schedule 1, tables 2 and 4 multiplied by a factor of 0.7 shall have effect with regard to the cost of providing the increase provided pursuant to paragraph (1).

Increased surviving civil partner’s pension

31D.(1) If a member who has formed a civil partnership elected on or before 4th March 2007 to buy an increased surviving civil partner’s pension described in regulation 31C(1), the surviving civil partner’s pension described in regulation 31A will be based on superannuable service after 6th April 1988 plus the period of superannuable service before that date that the member elected to buy for this purpose under regulation 31C(1).

(2) Subject to paragraph (3) any retirement lump sum payable to a member under regulation 17 (Lump sum on retirement), in respect of any period of superannuable services that the member elected to buy as described in paragraph (1), will be reduced by 1.4 times the yearly rate of the member’s pension plus the relevant daily proportion of that rate for each additional day (except to the extent that any lump sum reduction has been off-set under regulation 68 (Right to buy an unreduced retirement lump sum).

(3) Where regulation 13(10) (Early retirement pension (ill health)) or regulation 49(8) (Preserved pension) applies to a member who has formed a civil partnership, any reference in those regulations to a lump sum payable on retirement shall mean, in relation to a member to whom paragraph (2) refers, a lump sum which is not reduced as described in that paragraph.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5) where by virtue of an election under regulation 31C(1) the amount of the retirement lump sum would fall to be reduced by 1.4 times the yearly rate of the member’s pension plus the relevant daily proportion of that rate for each additional day, he may make an election to purchase an unreduced lump sum under regulation 68 (Right to buy an unreduced retirement lump sum) provided the election is made no later than 4th March 2007.

(5) A member who has purchased additional services in accordance with regulation 67 (Right to buy additional service) by way of a payment under regulation 72 (Paying for additional service or unreduced retirement lump sum by regular additional contributions) may not make an election under paragraph (4) in respect of the purchase of an unreduced lump sum..

(6) In paragraph (1) of regulation 32 (Dependent child)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (b) after “marriage entered into”, insert “or a civil partnership formed”; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (c) “after spouse”, insert “or civil partner”.

(7) In regulation 34 (Member dies in superannuable employment)—

(a)in paragraphs (4), (7) and (8) after “spouse” , insert (in each place) “or civil partner”;

(b)in paragraphs (5), (6) and (8) for “widow’s or widower's”, substitute (in each place) “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”; and

(c)in paragraphs (5) and (6) for “widow or widower”, substitute (in both places) “widow, widower or surviving civil partner”.

(8) In regulation 35 (Member dies after pension becomes payable)—

(a)in paragraphs (3), (4) and (5) after “spouse” insert (in each place) “or civil partner”;

(b)in paragraphs (5), (6) and (7) for “widow’s or widower's”, substitute (in each place) “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”; and

(c)in paragraphs (6) and (7) for “widow or widower”, substitute (in each place) “widow, widower or surviving civil partner”.

(9) In regulation 36 (Member dies with preserved pension)—

(a)in paragraphs (4), (5) and (6) after “spouse” insert (in each place) “or civil partner”;

(b)in paragraph (6) for “widow’s or widower's”, substitute “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”.

(10) In paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 38 (Child not dependent on surviving parent or spouse of a parent) after “spouse” insert (in each place) “or civil partner”;

(11) In regulation 39 (Allocation of pension)—

(a)in paragraphs (1) and (2) after “spouse”, insert in both places “, a civil partner”; and

(b)in paragraph (2) for “widow’s or widower's”, substitute “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”.

(12) In regulation 40 (Limits on allocation of pension)—

(a)in paragraph (1) after “spouse,” insert “, a civil partner”;

(b)in paragraph (2) for “or spouse’s pension”, substitute “, spouse’s pension or civil partner’s pension”; and

(c)in paragraph (3) for “or spouse”, substitute “, spouse or civil partner ”.

(13) In paragraph (2)(b) of regulation 41 (Date on which allocation has effect) for “or spouse” , substitute “, spouse or civil partner”.

(14) In regulation 43 (Guaranteed minimum pensions)—

(a)after paragraph (4) insert—

(4A) If the member is in a civil partnership and dies leaving a surviving civil partner, the weekly rate of the surviving civil partner’s pension will not be less than one-half of the part of the member’s guaranteed minimum that is attributable to earnings for the tax year 1988 — 1989 and subsequent tax years. and

(b)in paragraph (6) for “widow’s or widower's”, substitute “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”.

(15) In regulation 47 (Protected rights transferred to the scheme) after “spouse”, insert (in each place) “or civil partner”.

(16) In paragraph (2) of regulation 48 (State scheme premiums) for “widow or widower”, substitute (in each place) “widow, widower or surviving civil partner”.

(17) In paragraph (3) of regulation 50 (Refund of contributions) after “spouse”, insert “or civil partner)”.

(18) In paragraph (3)(a) of regulation 52 (Early leavers returning to superannuable employment) after “spouse”, insert “or civil partner”.

(19) In regulation 67 (Right to buy additional service) after paragraph (5) insert—

(5A) For the purposes of regulation 31A (Surviving civil partner’s pension) if a civil partner exercised his right to buy additional service before 6th April 1988, the additional service bought as a result of the exercise of that right will be treated as service before 6th April 1988..

(20) In paragraph (1) of regulation 68 (Right to buy an unreduced retirement lump sum) after “married” insert “or in a civil partnership”.

(21) In regulation 71 (Paying for an unreduced retirement lump sum by single payment) after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) A member who has formed a civil partnership who wishes to pay for an unreduced lump sum by single payment must elect to do so within 12 months after nominating his civil partner to receive a dependent surviving civil partner’s pension under regulation 31B (Dependent surviving civil partner’s pension.)..

(22) In paragraph (7)(b) of regulation 76 (Mental health officers) for “widow or widower's” substitute “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”.

(23) In regulation 87 (Benefits on death in superannuable employment after pension becomes payable)—

(a)in paragraphs (4) and (7) after “spouse”, insert (in each place) “or civil partner”;

(b)in paragraphs (4), (5), (6) and (8) after “spouse's”, insert (in each place) “or civil partner's”; and

(c)in paragraph (6) after “widower's”, insert “or surviving civil partner's”.

(24) In paragraph (1A)(1) of regulation 93 (Loss of rights to benefits) for “widow or widower”, substitute “widow, widower or surviving civil partner”.

(25) In Schedule 2 (Medical and dental practitioners) after paragraph 16 (Increased widower’s pension) insert—

Increased surviving civil partner’s pension

16A.  In the case of a civil partner who made a nomination under regulation 31B (Dependent surviving civil partner’s pension) or an election under 31D (Increased surviving civil partner’s pension) those regulations are modified so that the lump sum payable on the member’s retirement will be reduced by 1.96 per cent of uprated earnings for each complete year of practitioner service plus, in each case, the relevant daily proportion for each additional day..

(1)

Paragraph (1A) was inserted by S.R. 2005 No. 155

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