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The Police Pension (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2007

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Review and cancellation of pensions payable on the ground of permanent disablement

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48.—(1) As long as a person—

(a)is in receipt of a standard ill-health pension and has not attained the age of 55 years, or

(b)is in receipt of an enhanced top-up ill-health pension or a deferred pension which, in accordance with regulation 29, came into payment early on the ground of permanent disablement for engaging in any regular employment, and

(c)in either case has not attained the age of 65 years, the Board may consider, at such times as are specified in paragraph (2), whether his disablement has ceased, significantly worsened (in the case of a person such as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(a)) or significantly improved (in the case of a person such as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b)).

(2) The times mentioned in paragraph (1) are such times as the Board may in their discretion determine—

(a)in the case of a person such as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(a), until the person concerned attains the age of 55 years; and

(b)in the case of a person such as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b), at intervals of no less than five years until the person concerned attains the age of 65 years.

(3) If, on any consideration under paragraph (1), it is found, in respect of a person who—

(a)is in receipt of a standard ill-health pension or an enhanced top-up ill-health pension, and

(b)has not attained the age of 55 years,

that his disablement for the performance of the ordinary duties of a member of the police service has ceased, the Board may give the person concerned notice that if he wishes to rejoin the service as a police officer within a period of not less than three months from the date on which he has been given such notice he will be permitted to do so.

(4) If the person concerned, within the period referred to in paragraph (3), offers to rejoin the police service as a police officer, he shall be permitted to do so in a rank not lower than that he held immediately before he retired with the ill-health pension.

(5) On the person concerned rejoining the service as mentioned in paragraph (4) or, where in any other circumstances a person who is in receipt of either—

(a)an ill-health, or

(b)a deferred pension which came into payment early on the grounds of permanent disablement for engaging in any regular employment,

rejoins the service, payment of his ill-health pension shall be terminated by the Board upon rejoining.

(6) Where the person concerned does not offer to rejoin the service under paragraph (5) within the period referred to in paragraph (3), at the end of that period payment of his ill-health pension shall be terminated by the Board.

(a)If on any consideration under paragraph (1), it is found in respect of a person who—

(i)is in receipt of an ill-health pension, and

(ii)has not attained the age of 55 years,

that his disablement for the performance of the ordinary duties of a member of the service would have been expected to have ceased by reason of his having received normal appropriate medical treatment, payment of his ill-heath pension may be terminated by the Board, if the conditions in paragraph (8) are met.

(b)In this paragraph “appropriate medical treatment” shall not include medical treatment that it is reasonable in the opinion of the Board for that person to refuse.

(8) The conditions are that—

(a)the officer concerned is not receiving or has not received medical treatment, as the case may be;

(b)his failure to receive such treatment is attributable to his wilfulness or negligence; and

(c)he has wilfully or negligently persisted in that failure after receiving both—

(i)a written notice from the selected medical practitioner that, in his opinion, the conditions in sub-paragraph (d) apply in that person’s case, and

(ii)a written notice from the Board of their opinion that sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) apply in his case and of their powers to terminate the under paragraph (7).

(d)the conditions referred to in sub-paragraph (c)(i) shall be that:

(i)the officer’s disablement for the performance of the ordinary duties of a member of the service would have been expected to have ceased by reason of his having received appropriate medical treatment; and

(ii)the officer is not receiving or has not received such medical treatment.

(9) If, on any consideration under paragraph (1), it is found in respect of a person who—

(a)has not attained 65 years of age, and

(b)is in receipt of either—

(iii)an enhanced top-up ill-health pension; or

(iv)a deferred pension which came into payment early on the ground of permanent disablement for engaging in any regular employment,

that his disablement for engaging in any regular employment has ceased, then—

(c)in such a case as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (b)(i), except where the Board have given notice to the person concerned under paragraph (3), his entitlement to his enhanced top-up ill-health pension shall cease and he shall remain entitled to payment of his standard ill-health pension; and,

(d)in such a case as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (b)(ii), the Board shall cease to make early payments of his deferred pension.

(10) Subject to paragraph (12), if on any consideration under paragraph (1), it is found, in respect of a person in receipt of a standard ill-health pension, that his disablement has worsened to the extent that he has become disabled for engaging in any regular employment, he shall become entitled to an enhanced top-up ill-health pension, calculated in accordance with regulation 28 and payable in accordance with paragraph (11).

Provided that such enhanced top-up ill-health pension shall not entitle him to any lump-sum payment additional to that paid in respect of the standard ill-health pension.

(11) An enhanced top-up ill-health pension to which entitlement arises under paragraph (9) shall be payable as from the date on which the claim by the person concerned that his disablement had worsened which led to the consideration referred to in paragraph (7) was notified to the Board (or, where the Board referred the matter for decision under regulation 67(2), of their own motion in the absence of such a claim, as from the date on which they so referred the matter for decision).

(a)Paragraph (10) shall apply only if the claim that a person’s disablement had worsened which led to the consideration referred to in that paragraph was made within the period of five years beginning with the date on which the person concerned retired.

(b)The time limit in sub-paragraph (a) shall not apply where the disablement of the person concerned is attributable to a progressive medical condition specified in Schedule 4 which, of its nature could have been expected as at the time of his retirement to affect him with increasing severity.

(13) Where payment of a person’s ill-health pension is terminated under paragraph (6), but he is not entitled to a deferred pension under regulation 29, then, if the aggregate of—

(a)the sums paid in respect of the pension, and

(b)the actuarial value, determined in accordance with tables prepared by the Scheme actuary, of any pension to which he is entitled under regulation 41 (guaranteed minimum pension) for the purposes of the Pensions Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993(1).

is less than his aggregate pension contributions in respect of the relevant period of service, the Board shall pay the difference to the person concerned.

(14) Where payment of—

(a)a person’s ill-health pension, or

(b)a person’s deferred pension which came into payment early on the ground of permanent disablement for engaging in any regular employment,

is terminated under this regulation he shall retain any lump-sum payment received by way of such pension subject to regulation 25(1)(b) and regulation 25(2) (c).

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