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The Police Pension (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2007

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78.—(1) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, in particular of—

(a)regulation 29(4) and (5) (restriction on payment of deferred pension before the age of 65 years);

(b)regulation 30 (early payment of deferred pension subject to actuarial reduction);

(c)regulation 40 (guaranteed minimum pension), and

(d)regulations 48 to 52 (revision and withdrawal or forfeiture of awards),

the pension of a police officer shall be payable in respect of each month as from the date of his retirement.

(a)Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, and sub-paragraph (b), a survivor’s pension shall be payable—

(i)in respect of each month as from the death of the police officer in respect of whom the award is payable or,

(ii)in the case of a posthumous child such as is mentioned in regulation 37(1) (a) and (b), as from the birth of the child.

(b)Where the police officer in respect of whom the award is payable was in receipt of a pension and dies during a period in respect of which he has already received his pension, the survivor’s pension shall not be payable before the end of that period.

(3) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, in particular of—

(a)regulation 39(7)(b) and (c) (limitation on payment of child survivors' pensions);

(b)regulation 40 (guaranteed minimum pension), and

(c)regulations 48 to 52 (revision and withdrawal or forfeiture of awards),

a pension shall be payable for life and shall be discharged by payments in advance at such reasonable intervals as the Board may, in their discretion, determine, except that payment on account of a pension may be delayed, in whole or in part, pending the determination of any question as to the liability of the Board in respect of the pension, including any question as to the continuance of that liability.

(4) Where a person dies after receiving a sum paid in advance on account of a pension, neither that sum nor any part of it shall be recoverable although referable to a period after his death.

(5) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, a gratuity or award by way of repayment of aggregate pension contributions shall become payable as soon as the entitlement to it arises and shall be paid forthwith in one sum and a lump sum payable upon the retirement of a regular police officer shall be paid within three months from the date of retirement, except that—

(a)any such payment on account may be delayed, in whole or in part, pending the determination of any question as to the liability of the Board to pay it, and

(b)where the Board is satisfied that it would be for the advantage of the beneficiary to pay a gratuity in instalments, they may pay it in instalments of such reasonable amounts and over such reasonable period as they think fit.

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