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The New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2007

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CHAPTER 2PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL SERVICE

Purchase of additional service

65.—(1) A person who satisfies the conditions specified in paragraph (2) may, in accordance with this Chapter, purchase additional service for the purpose of securing increased benefits under this Scheme.

(2) The conditions are that the person—

(a)is a firefighter member of the Scheme;

(b)is not a pension credit member; and

(c)would be entitled to reckon less than 40 years’ pensionable service at normal retirement age.

(3) Additional service may be purchased as years or part of a year, but the aggregate of—

(a)the period purchased;

(b)the person’s pensionable service up to the date of the purchase; and

(c)his prospective service from that date to normal retirement age,

must not exceed 40 years.

(4) Additional service may be purchased—

(a)by payment of a lump sum calculated in accordance with tables provided by the Scheme Actuary; or

(b)subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), by deduction from the person’s pensionable pay of periodical contributions of such percentage of that pay as shall be determined by the Scheme Actuary.

(5) The Board may permit a person who is a part–time regular firefighter to purchase additional service by periodical contributions at a rate that bears to the percentage determined by the Scheme Actuary the same proportion as his pensionable pay bears to the pensionable pay of a full–time regular firefighter serving in the same role.

(6) The Board may permit a retained or volunteer firefighter to purchase additional service by periodical contributions; and in such a case it shall calculate the amount of the contributions by applying the rate determined by the Scheme Actuary to the firefighter’s reference pay.

Election to purchase additional service

66.—(1) An election to pay a lump sum—

(a)must be made by notice in writing given to the Board not later than 12 months after the date on which the person last became employed by the Board as a firefighter; and

(b)if the sum is not paid within three months after the date on which notice was given, shall be treated as not having been made.

(2) An election to pay periodical contributions must be made by notice in writing given to the Board at least two years before the person’s normal retirement age, but no such election may be made where he and the Board have agreed that he will leave the scheme with an entitlement under any of articles 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16.

(3) Unless paragraph (1)(b) applies, an election under this article—

(a)takes effect on the day on which the written notice is received by the Board; and

(b)is irrevocable once the lump sum has been paid or, as the case may be, the first contribution has been deducted.

Duration of periodical contributions and premature cessation

67.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), where a person has elected under article 66 to pay periodical contributions, they are payable from his next birthday and continue to be payable until normal retirement age.

(2) Paragraph (1) ceases to apply to a person who leaves his employment before normal retirement age—

(a)where he is entitled to a pension under article 13 (deferred pension), on his last day of service;

(b)where he becomes entitled to a second pension under article 17 (entitlement to two pensions), on his last day of service in the second period of employment;

(c)on the date on which he ceases to be employed by the Board; and

(d)on the date on which any contributions election takes effect.

(3) Where a sub-paragraph of paragraph (2) applies, the period of additional service purchased up to the date referred to in that sub-paragraph shall be treated as if it were the period ascertained in accordance with the formula—

reg (3)

, where

A is the number of 60ths of additional service which he elected to purchase;

B is the period in respect of which contributions have been made; and

C is the period in respect of which contributions would, but for the cessation of his employment, have been made in accordance with the election.

(4) The period of additional service calculated in accordance with paragraph (3) shall be treated—

(a)where the person qualifies for an ordinary pension (article 11), as part of the pensionable service on which the ordinary pension is calculated;

(b)where he qualifies for a deferred pension (article 13), as part of the pensionable service on which the deferred pension is calculated;

(c)where he takes member-initiated early retirement (article 15), as part of the award to which the actuarial reduction is applied;

(d)where he takes Board-initiated early retirement (article 16), as part of his pensionable service;

(e)where, on commencing a second period of employment with the Board, he becomes entitled to two pensions (article 17)—

(i)to the extent that it is attributable to the first period of employment, as part of the service on which the first pension is calculated; and

(ii)to the extent that it is attributable to the second period of employment, as part of the service on which the second pension is calculated.

(5) The period of additional service calculated in accordance with paragraph (3) shall not be treated as part of the pensionable service on which—

(a)the amount of any higher tier ill-health pension is calculated under article 12; or

(b)the notional ill-health pension where a survivor’s pension is awarded on his death in service is calculated (article 23).

(6) Additional service purchased by the payment of periodical contributions shall accrue annually in accordance with the contributions paid.

Discontinuance and resumption of periodical contributions

68.—(1) The Board may—

(a)at the request of a firefighter member who has elected to purchase additional service by the payment of periodical contributions; and

(b)solely on the grounds of his financial circumstances,

agree to discontinue the making of deductions from his pay by way of such contributions.

(2) Where the firefighter member and the Board agree that deductions should be discontinued for a period not exceeding six months (“the discontinuance period”), the Board shall resume the making of deductions as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of that period or, at the request of the firefighter member, at such time before the end of that period as may be agreed.

(3) Where the firefighter member and the Board agree that deductions should be discontinued for a period of six months or more, the member’s election under article 66 shall be treated as cancelled with effect from the date of the agreement.

(4) The period of additional service purchased up to the date on which the last contribution was deducted shall be treated as if it were the period ascertained in accordance with the formula—

reg (3)

, where

A is the number of 60ths of additional service which the firefighter member elected to purchase;

B is the period in respect of which contributions have been made; and

C is the period in respect of which contributions would have been made in accordance with the election (disregarding for this purpose any deemed cancellation under paragraph (3)).

(5) Subject to paragraph (6), where—

(a)deductions were discontinued under paragraph (2); and

(b)the firefighter member wishes to purchase additional service referable to the discontinuance period,

a deduction of an amount equal to the aggregate of the contributions that would otherwise have been made in respect of that period shall be made on the same occasion as the first resumed deduction is made.

(6) Where the firefighter member’s rate of pay at the end of the discontinuance period is less than at the beginning of that period, deductions in respect of the discontinuance period shall be made at the rate that would have applied if deductions had been made from his salary during that period.

Periodical contributions in respect of periods of unpaid service or absence

69.—(1) A firefighter member who—

(a)has elected to purchase additional service in respect of a period of unpaid service or unpaid leave which falls within the period in respect of which contributions are payable in accordance with article 68(1); and

(b)complies with the requirements of paragraph (2),

is entitled to require the Board to treat that period of unpaid service or unpaid leave as a period of pensionable service.

(2) The requirements of this paragraph are that the firefighter member must, not later than one month after the end of the period of unpaid service or leave (as the case may be), require the Board to deduct from his pay an amount equal to the aggregate of the contributions that would have been made in respect of that period if it had been a period of paid service.

(3) In paragraphs (1) and (2) “unpaid leave” means adoption leave, additional adoption leave, additional maternity leave or ordinary maternity leave or other absence without pay (including absence while participating in a strike).

(4) Contributions payable under paragraph (2) may be paid—

(a)during the unpaid leave period; or

(b)within six months of returning to duty after the end of that period; or

(c)within such longer period as the Board may allow.

Effect of purchasing additional service by lump sum payment

70.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), where a period of additional service has been purchased by way of a lump sum payment, the firefighter member’s pensionable service shall be increased by that period as regards any award payable to him under this Scheme.

(2) A period of additional service purchased by way of a lump sum payment shall not be treated as part of the pensionable service on which the amount of any higher tier ill-health pension is calculated under article 12.

(3) If the firefighter member takes member-initiated early retirement the period of additional service shall be part of the total to which the actuarial reduction is applied under article 15.

(4) If the firefighter member takes Board-initiated early retirement, the period of additional service shall be part of the pensionable service on which the pension is calculated under article 16.

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