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

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PART 15MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Guaranteed minimum pensions, etc.

100.—(1) Subject to paragraph (8), paragraphs (2) to (5) apply where a member has an entitlement to a guaranteed minimum pension under section 10 of the 1993 Act (his “guaranteed minimum”).

(2) If, apart from this article—

(a)no pension would be payable to the member under this Scheme; or

(b)the weekly rate of the pension payable would be less than his guaranteed minimum,

a pension, the weekly rate of which is equal to his guaranteed minimum, is payable to the member for life from the date on which he reaches state pensionable age.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4) if, when the member reaches state pensionable age—

(a)he is still in employment which entitles him to be a member of this Scheme (“scheme employment”); or

(b)where he is not in scheme employment, he consents to a postponement of his entitlement under paragraph (2),

paragraph (2) does not apply until he leaves employment.

(4) If the member—

(a)continues in employment for a further period of five years after reaching state pensionable age; and

(b)does not then leave it,

he is entitled from the end of that period to so much of his pension under this article as equals his guaranteed minimum, unless he consents to a further postponement of the entitlement.

(5) Where paragraph (3) or (4) applies, the amount of the pension to which he is entitled under this article shall be increased in accordance with section 11 of the 1993 Act.

(6) This paragraph applies where a person has ceased to be in employment that is contracted-out by reference to the Scheme, and either—

(a)all his rights to benefits under the Scheme, except his rights in respect of his guaranteed minimum or his rights under section 5(2B) of the 1993 Act(1) (“his contracting-out rights”), have been transferred under Part 12; or

(b)he has no rights to benefits under the Scheme apart from his contracting-out rights.

(7) Subject to paragraph (8), where paragraph (6) applies—

(a)from the date on which the person reaches state pension age, he is entitled to a pension payable for life at a weekly rate equal to his guaranteed minimum; and

(b)from the date on which he reaches normal retirement age he is entitled to a lump sum and pension in respect of his rights under section 5(2B) of the 1993 Act,

but a person falling within paragraph (6) is not to be regarded as a pensioner for the purposes of Part 5 (awards on death).

(8) This article does not apply if—

(a)any part of the person’s pension is withdrawn permanently under article 54 following his conviction of an offence of a description specified in paragraph (3) of that article (treason and certain offences under the Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989); or

(b)the pension is commuted under article 20 (commutation: small pensions).

Survivors’ guaranteed minimum pensions

101.—(1) Subject to paragraph (3), this article applies in relation to a scheme member’s surviving spouse or civil partner who has a guaranteed minimum pension under section 13 of the 1993 Act in relation to benefits under Chapter 1 of Part 4 of this Scheme in respect of the deceased member.

(2) If apart from this article—

(a)no pension is payable to the surviving spouse or civil partner under this Scheme; or

(b)the weekly rate of the pension payable is less than his guaranteed minimum,

a pension, of which the weekly rate is equal to his guaranteed minimum, is payable to the surviving spouse or civil partner from the date on which the deceased died until the death of the surviving spouse or civil partner.

(3) This article does not apply if—

(a)any part of the scheme member’s pension was withdrawn permanently under article 54 following his conviction of an offence of a description specified in paragraph (3) of that article (treason and certain offences under the Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989);

(b)the scheme member’s pension was commuted under article 20 (commutation: small pensions); or

(c)the survivor’s pension under article 23 has been commuted under article 27.

Information for the Board

102.—(1) The Board may by notice in writing require any person who is in receipt of a pension or may have been entitled to a pension or a lump sum under this Scheme to provide the Board with such supporting evidence as the Board may reasonably require to establish—

(a)the identity of that person; and

(b)his continuing or future entitlement to the payment of any amount under this Scheme.

(2) A notice under paragraph (1) shall specify the date by which the any supporting evidence is to be provided.

(3) Where a person fails to comply with the requirements of a notice given in accordance with paragraph (1), the Board may withhold the whole or part of any amount that it considers to be payable under the Scheme.

Annual benefit statements

103.—(1) The Board shall issue an annual benefit statement to each of their firefighter, deferred and pension credit members.

(2) The first such statements must be issued on or before 1st October 2007, and subsequent statements must be issued on or before each 1st October thereafter.

(3) An annual benefit statement shall contain an illustration of the amount of benefit entitlement, in respect of the rights that may arise under the Scheme, which—

(a)has been accrued by the member at the relevant date; and

(b)in the case of a firefighter member, is capable of being accrued by him if he remains in the Scheme until his normal retirement date.

(4) The illustration shall be calculated—

(a)in the case of a firefighter member, on the member’s pay (or, in the case of a part-time firefighter member, the whole-time equivalent) for the twelve-month period ending with the relevant date;

(b)in the case of a deferred member, on the member’s final pay; and

(c)in the case of a pension credit member, in accordance with article 37, as if he were to become entitled to the pension on his 65th birthday.

(5) For the purposes of this article, the relevant date—

(a)in the case of a pension credit member, is that of his 65th birthday;

(b)in any other case, is 31st March of the period in respect of which the statement is issued, or such later date as the Board may choose.

Death of retained or volunteer firefighter before New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 in operation

104.—(1) This article applies where a retained or volunteer firefighter dies on or after 6th April 2006 and before the New Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 comes into operation.

(2) Chapters 1 and 2 of Part 4 (survivors’ pensions), article 35 (death grant) and article 63 (pension contributions) shall have effect in respect of him as if—

(a)he had become a member of this Scheme—

(i)where he was employed by the Board immediately before 6th April 2006, on that date;

(ii)in any other case, on the date on which he took up employment with the Board;

(b)he had not made a contributions election; and

(c)his qualifying service and his pensionable service began on whichever is the later of—

(i)the date on which he took up employment; and

(ii)6th April 2006,

and ended on the date of his death.

(3) Where—

(a)in anticipation of the coming into operation of this Scheme, he nominated a nominated partner; and

(b)the nomination was received and accepted by the Board before he died,

his nominated partner shall be entitled to the same benefits under this Scheme as if the nomination had effect for the purposes of this Scheme.

(4) The Board shall deduct from the death grant payable by virtue of paragraph (2) the amount of the pension contributions that would have been payable under article 63; and article 61 shall have effect for determining his pensionable pay for that purpose.

(5) The Board shall notify the personal representatives of the amount deducted.

Death on or before 31st March 2007 of retained or volunteer firefighter employed before 6th April 2006

105.—(1) This article applies where a retained or volunteer firefighter employed by the Board immediately before 6th April 2006 dies on or before 31st March 2007 without having made an election as to membership of this Scheme.

(2) Chapters 1 and 2 of Part 4 of this Scheme (survivors’ pensions), article 35 of this Scheme (death grant) and article 63 (pension contributions) shall have effect in respect of him as if—

(a)he had elected to become a member of this Scheme on 6th April 2006 and had not made a contributions election, and

(b)his qualifying service and his pensionable service began on 6th April 2006 and ended on the date of his death.

(3) Where—

(a)in anticipation of the coming into operation of this Scheme, he nominated a nominated partner, and

(b)the nomination was received and accepted by the Board before he died,

his nominated partner shall be entitled to the same benefits under this Scheme as if the nomination had effect for the purposes of this Scheme.

(4) The Board shall deduct from the death grant payable by virtue of paragraph (2) the amount of the pension contributions that would have been payable under article 63; and article 61 shall have effect for determining his pensionable pay for that purpose.

(5) The Board shall notify the personal representatives of the amount deducted.

(1)

Subsection (2B) was inserted by S.I. 1995/3213 (N.I. 22), Article 133(3).

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