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

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CHAPTER 4MIS-SOLD PENSIONS AND RESTITUTION PAYMENTS

Interpretation of Chapter 4

82.—(1) In this Chapter—

“calculated amount” means the amount which, in accordance with article 84, the Board calculates would need to be made as a restitution payment in respect of the firefighter concerned;

“methods and assumptions” means the methods and assumptions notified by the Scheme Actuary for the calculation of cash equivalent values for occupational pension schemes; and

“relevant period”, in relation to a firefighter, means the total of any periods of opted-out and, where appropriate, transferred-out service.

(2) For the purposes of this Chapter—

(a)a person shall be taken to have opted out if he had made a contributions election and for any period during which he was a firefighter he instead made contributions to a personal pension scheme; and

(b)a person shall be taken to have transferred out if the Board has made a transfer value payment in respect of him under Chapter 2 of this Part to the administrator of a personal pension scheme.

Mis-sold pensions

83.—(1) This article applies to a firefighter who—

(a)has opted out or transferred out, or both; and

(b)has suffered actionable loss as a result of a contravention which is actionable under section 62 of the Financial Services Act 1986 or section 150 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000(1) (actions for damages in respect of contraventions of rules etc made under the Act).

(2) A firefighter to whom this article applies who has given notice—

(a)under article 9 cancelling his contributions election; or

(b)under article 59(7) of the 2007 Scheme (cancellation of election not to pay contributions),

may give written notice to the Board that he wishes it to accept a transfer value payment in order to create or restore his pensionable service.

(3) Paragraph (4) or (5) applies where, within twelve months of the date of a notice given under paragraph (2) or such longer period as the Board may allow, the Board has accepted a transfer value payment in relation to the firefighter who gave the notice (whether or not he has ceased to be a firefighter after the date of the notice) not exceeding the calculated amount.

(4) Where the amount of the transfer value payment is equal to the calculated amount—

(a)the whole of the relevant period shall be treated as pensionable service; and

(b)for the purposes of calculating any award under this Scheme, the firefighter who gave the notice shall be treated as having made pension contributions throughout that period.

(5) Where the amount of the transfer value payment is less than the calculated amount—

(a)the Board shall, in accordance with the methods and assumptions, calculate the period of pensionable service that the transfer value payment represents, and treat that period as pensionable service;

(b)for the purposes of calculating any award under this Scheme, the firefighter who gave the notice shall be treated as having made pension contributions throughout that period; and

(c)that period shall be treated as a continuous period with the same final date as the final date of the relevant period.

(6) Where a firefighter who is being credited under paragraph (4) or (5) with a period of pensionable service has previously been credited, in respect of the relevant period, with—

(a)an additional period of pensionable service calculated in accordance with this Part, or

(b)an additional period of reckonable service calculated in accordance with Part 4 of Schedule 6 to the 2007 Scheme (amount of transfer value),

the Board may adjust the amount of the transfer value payment that it accepts under this article to ensure that no part of the additional period of pensionable or reckonable service that was previously credited is included in the period of pensionable service credited under paragraph (4) or (5).

Calculation of amount of restitution payment

84.—(1) The Board shall, in accordance with paragraph (2), calculate the restitution payment that would need to be made to it in respect of a person to whom article 83 applies to create or restore his position to what it would have been if he had not opted-out or, where relevant, transferred-out.

(2) The restitution payment is an amount equal to the sum of—

(a)the capitalised value at the material date, determined in accordance with the methods and assumptions, which would produce a service credit equal to his total period of opted-out service, including the capitalised value of any rights under the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971(2) and the Pensions (Increase) (Northern Ireland) Order 1974(3); and

(b)in the case of a firefighter who also transferred out, the greater of—

(i)any transfer value paid by the Board to the administrator of a personal pension scheme in respect of the firefighter’s transferred-out service under Chapter 2 of this Part, increased by interest calculated at a rate approved by the Scheme Actuary over the period from the date of payment of that transfer value to the assumed calculation date; and

(ii)the cash equivalent transfer value that would be payable by the Board in respect of that transferred-out service if it were to pay a cash equivalent transfer value in respect of that service determined in accordance with the methods and assumptions applicable immediately after the assumed calculation date.

(3) In this article—

“assumed calculation date” means the date on which it is assumed, for the purpose of calculating a restitution payment, that a transfer value will be paid to the Board; and

“material date” means the date on which the Board receives a notice under article 83.

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2000 c.8, to which there are amendments not relevant to this Order.

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