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Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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Contributions payable by active members

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (9), each active member shall make contributions to the Scheme at the contribution rate from his pensionable pay in each employment in which he is an active member.

(2) Subject to paragraph (4), the contribution rate to be applied to a person who becomes an active member is determined by his employing authority at the commencement of his membership on the basis of his pensionable pay in accordance with the following table.

BandRangeContribution rates
1£0-£12,6005.5%
2£12,601-£14,7005.8%
3£14,701-£18,9005.9%
4£18,901-£31,5006.5%
5£31,501-£42,0006.8%
6£42,001-£78,7007.2%
7More than £78,7007.5%

(3) The figures in the second column of the table in paragraph (2) (“Range”) are—

(a)increased as if they were pensions to which the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971(1) applied and rounded down to the nearest £100; and

(b)treated, for the purposes of sub-paragraph (a), as if they were pensions beginning on 1st April 2010.

(4) Where there has been a permanent material change to the terms and conditions of a member’s employment which affect his pensionable pay in the course of a financial year, his employing authority—

(a)may determine that the contribution rate to be applied in his case is not calculated in accordance with paragraph (2); and

(b)shall inform the member of the contribution rate applicable to him, and the date from which it is to be applied.

(5) Where an active member is a part-time employee, his contributions shall be calculated by multiplying the contributions he would have paid had he been a whole-time employee (calculated in accordance with paragraph (2)) by the proportion that the number of his weekly hours bears to the number of weekly hours that he would have worked had he been a whole-time employee.

(6) But a whole-time term-time worker is not a part-time employee for the purposes of this regulation.

(7) In this regulation, “term-time worker” means a person whose contract of employment provides for a regular pattern of periods of work and periods of no work so as to result in a recognisable cycle of work consisting of 1 year (but is not limited to persons working in educational establishments).

(8) The amount of an employee’s pensionable pay for the purposes of this regulation is calculated in accordance with regulation 4 (meaning of “pensionable pay”).

(9) In any event, an active member does not make any contributions after the day before his 75th birthday.

(10) A person who is an active member in more than one employment must make contributions for each of those employments at the rate applicable to the sum of his pensionable pay in each such employment.

(11) The Committee may decide the intervals at which the contributions are made.

(12) For this regulation any reduction in pensionable pay by reason of the actual or assumed enjoyment by the member of any statutory entitlement during any period away from work shall be disregarded.

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