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Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government Pension Scheme (Councillors) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 and shall come into operation on 9th May 2011.

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

2.—(1) The Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(1) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 1 (citation, commencement and interpretation), after the definition of “contribution rate” insert—

“council” has the same meaning as defined in section 1 (district councils) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972(2);

“councillor” means a member of a council as defined in section 1 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972;

“councillor member” means a person who is a member of the Scheme by reason of being a councillor;

“councillor membership” means any period of membership which counts in respect of service as a member of a council and not other local government employment;.

(3) After regulation 2 (active members), insert—

Eligibility of councillors

2A.  These Regulations apply to councillor members in respect of their councillor membership with the modifications set out in the Schedule..

(4) The Schedule within Schedule 1 shall be inserted in the appropriate place at the end of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.

Amendment of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

3.—(1) The Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(3) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) After regulation 3 (general eligibility for membership), insert—

Eligibility of councillors

3A.  These Regulations apply to councillor members in respect of their councillor membership with the modifications set out in Schedule 4..

(3) In Schedule 1 (interpretation), after the definition of “contribution rate” insert—

“council” has the same meaning as defined in section 1 (district councils) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972(4);

“councillor” means a member of a council as defined in section 1 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972;

“councillor member” means a person who is a member of the Scheme by reason of being a councillor;

“councillor membership” means any period of membership which counts in respect of service as a member of a council and not other local government employment;.

(4) Schedule 4 within Schedule 2 shall be inserted after Schedule 3 (the committee) in the Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.

Amendment of The Local Government (Discretionary Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

4.—(1) The Local Government (Discretionary Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001(5) shall be amended in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) For regulation 32(1) (interpretation of Part V), substitute—

32.(1) In this Part relevant employment is employment with an LGPS employer, otherwise than—

(a)retained or volunteer membership with a fire and rescue authority as defined in Article 3 of the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006(6);

(b)as an employee pensionable under a superannuation scheme provided in regulations for the time being in force under Article 11 of the 1972 Order;

(c)as an employee of Citybus Limited or Ulsterbus Limited; or

(d)as a councillor member of the Local Government Pension Scheme under regulation 2A of the Benefits Regulations and regulation 3A of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on 18th March 2011.

Legal seal

Wesley Shannon

A senior officer of the Department of the Environment