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The Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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Citation, commencement, interpretation and retrospection

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as The Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 and except as provided for in paragraph (2), shall come into operation on 1st April 2015.

(2) Paragraphs 15 and 16 of Schedule 4 shall have effect from 27th March 2014.

(3) Schedule 1 (interpretation) contains definitions of expressions used in these Regulations which apply for their interpretation unless the context indicates a different meaning.

(4) In these Regulations, where an expression is used in relation to provisions in the 2000 Regulations, the 2002 Regulations, the Benefits Regulations, the Administration Regulations, the Transitional Regulations 2009, the 2009 Scheme or the 2014 Regulations, those expressions are to be construed in accordance with the meaning given to those expressions in the provisions referred to, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Revocation of Regulations

2.—(1) Except where these Regulations provide otherwise, in particular Schedule 5 (transitional and transitory provisions and savings), the Regulations listed in Schedule 2 (regulations revoked) are revoked.

(2) Accordingly, no person may become a member of the 2009 Scheme after 31st March 2015 or accrue benefits under the 2009 Scheme in respect of any service after that date.

Membership before 1st April 2015

3.—(1) Notwithstanding the revocations effected by regulation 2 and subject to this regulation, the regulations listed in Schedule 2 continue to have effect so far as is necessary—

(a)so that membership accrued in the earlier Schemes in respect of service before 1st April 2015, the pension rights accrued at that date, and any rights and obligations imposed on any person under those Schemes in relation to service before 1st April 2015, are preserved; and

(b)so that benefits are payable in accordance with these Regulations.

(2) In paragraph 1(a) the expression “pension rights accrued” includes any right to any pension, lump sum, grant or other benefit due to or in respect of a member.

(3) The scheme manager responsible under regulation 2(2) (introductory) of the 2014 Regulations for the local administration of pensions and other benefits payable under those Regulations is also responsible for the administration of benefits pursuant to paragraph (1) of this regulation.

(4) Where a person has been an active member of the Scheme, and retirement benefits under paragraph (1) are payable to a member in accordance with regulation 10 (retirement benefits), the benefits paid from earlier Schemes and the Scheme are, for all purposes, to be regarded as constituting a single pension scheme.

(5) But a retirement pension and any retirement grant payable to a member under paragraph (4) is subject to actuarial adjustment if it would have been subject to actuarial adjustment under the 2009 Scheme, irrespective of whether retirement pension under the Scheme payable at the same time is subject to actuarial adjustment.

(6) Where a member who has not had a disqualifying break aggregates benefits from earlier Schemes with benefits from the Scheme, the benefits from the earlier Schemes are payable as final salary benefits.

(7) A disqualifying break for the purposes of paragraph (6) is a continuous break in active membership of a public service pension scheme of more than five years.

(8) Where a person has not been an active member of the Scheme and has benefits under the earlier Schemes, or has been an active member of the Scheme and has benefits under the earlier Schemes which have not been aggregated with the benefits in the Scheme, the benefits payable as a consequence of paragraph (1) are payable in accordance with the earlier Schemes as applied by this regulation.

(9) Any pensionable pay received or contribution paid by a member on or after 1st April 2015 which relates to work carried out before that date shall be dealt with in accordance with the 2009 Scheme.

(10) Any increase in membership may be awarded to a member under regulation 12(4) (power of employing authority to increase total membership of active members) of the Benefits Regulations after 31st March 2015 if the member’s relevant date for the purposes of that regulation is before 1st April 2015 and that increase is in membership of the 2009 Scheme notwithstanding the fact that the award may occur after 31st March 2015.

(11) Where an employing authority grants an increase in membership under regulation 12A(1) (duty of employing authority to increase total membership: enhanced protection) of the Benefits Regulations following a notice served by a member before 6th April 2010, that increase shall be an increase in membership of the 2009 Scheme notwithstanding the fact that the grant may occur after 31st March 2015.

(12) Any guidance issued by the Government Actuary in accordance with any provision in the former regulations is to be treated as actuarial guidance issued by the Department as defined in Schedule 1 to the 2014 Regulations and any reference to guidance issued by the Government Actuary in the former regulations is to be construed as a reference to actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

(13) Regulations 67 and 68 (abatement) of the Administration Regulations continue to have effect in relation to pensions in payment deriving from the earlier Schemes regardless of when payment of those pensions commenced.

(14) In these Regulations, where final pay is to be calculated in accordance with regulation 8 to 11 (calculation of final pay) of the Benefits Regulations if a certificate has been issued under regulation 24 (permanent reductions in pay: certificates of protection of pension benefits) of the 2002 Regulations, that certificate continues to have effect as if regulation 24 were still in operation.

Statutory underpin

4.—(1) This regulation applies to a person who—

(a)was an active member of the 2009 Scheme on the 31st March 2012 and who, on 1st April 2012, was 10 years or less from the normal retirement age applicable to that member under the 2009 Scheme;

(b)was an active member immediately before the underpin date and who receives payment of benefits under the Scheme on or after the underpin date;

(c)does not have a disqualifying break in service;

(d)has not, prior to the underpin date, drawn benefits under the 2014 Regulations in relation to that employment; and

(e)is not a councillor member.

(2) The underpin date for the purposes of this regulation is the earlier of—

(a)the date the member—

(i)attained the normal retirement age applicable to that member under the 2009 Scheme; or

(ii)died in service;

(b)the date the member ceased to be an active member on the Scheme with an immediate entitlement to a pension, including a member who may elect to receive immediate payment of a pension under regulation 30(5) (early retirement) of the 2014 Regulations and a member who with the employing authority’s consent, elects to receive immediate payment under regulation 30(6) (flexible retirement) of 2014 Regulations.

(3) A disqualifying break in service for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c) is a continuous break, after 31st March 2012 of more than five years in active membership of a public service pension scheme.

(4) The active member’s pension account is to be increased at the underpin date by the amount by which the underpin amount exceeds the assumed benefits on the underpin date.

(5) The assumed benefits are calculated by assessing the benefits the member would have been entitled to under the Scheme if—

(a)the member had paid contributions under regulation 11 (contributions) of the 2014 Regulations from 1st April 2015 to the underpin date, but excluding—

(i)any period when the member was not an active member;

(ii)any period of absence from work with no pensionable pay in consequence of a trade dispute which the member has not covered by additional pension under regulation 18 (additional pension) of the 2014 Regulations; and

(iii)any period of absence from work with permission with no pensionable pay otherwise than because of illness or injury, child-related leave or reserve forces service leave which the member has not covered by additional pension under regulation 18 (additional pension) of the 2014 Regulations;

(b)the member had in the period between 1st April 2015 and the underpin date paid no additional contributions under—

(i)regulation 18 (additional pension contributions) of the 2014 Regulations, other than additional contributions paid under that regulation to cover a period of absence from work with no pensionable pay in consequence of a trade dispute or to cover a period of absence from work with permission with no pensionable pay otherwise that because of illness or injury, child-related leave or reserve forces service leave; or

(ii)regulation 19 (additional voluntary contributions) of the 2014 Regulations;

(c)the member has not been awarded additional annual pension under regulation 32 (award of additional pension) of the 2014 Regulations during that period;

(d)the Scheme had received no transfer value payment in respect of the member relating to rights accrued under a registered pension scheme or European Pensions Institution;

(e)the revaluation adjustment(2) made to the active member’s account had been made up to and including the beginning of the Scheme year in which the member’s underpin date fell; and

(f)the balance in the active member’s pension at the member’s underpin date had been adjusted on account of any pension debit or Scheme pays election applicable to the member, with the adjustment being calculated in accordance with actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

(6) The underpin amount is calculated by assessing the benefits the member would have been entitled to under the 2009 Scheme if—

(a)the member had continued to accrue membership under the 2009 Scheme rather than benefits in the Scheme from 1st April 2015 to the underpin date;

(b)the period of membership taken into account for the purposes of sub-paragraph (a) were—

(i)the period during which the member has paid, or is treated as having paid contributions under regulations 11 (contributions) and 12 (temporary reduction in contributions) of the 2014 Regulations;

(ii)any period of unpaid absence due to industrial action, or absence from work with permission otherwise that because of illness or injury, child-related leave or reserve forces service leave, if that period was covered by additional pension purchased under regulation 18 (additional pension contributions) of the 2014 Regulations; and

(iii)where the member’s assumed benefits include an adjustment under regulation 39 (calculation of ill-health pension amounts) of the 2014 Regulations, any additional period of membership that would have been added to the member’s total membership under regulation 20 (early leavers: ill-health) of the Benefits Regulations had that regulation applied at the underpin date;

(c)the final pay was calculated in accordance with regulations 8 to 11 (calculation of final pay) of the Benefits Regulations, as if those Regulations were still in force at the underpin date; and

(d)the member’s benefits at the member’s underpin date had been adjusted on account of any pension debit or a Scheme pays election applicable to the member, with the adjustment being calculated in accordance with actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

Membership of the Scheme

5.—(1) A person who is an active member of the 2009 Scheme in an employment immediately before 1st April 2015 becomes an active member of the Scheme on 1st April 2015 in that employment provided the person is eligible for membership of the Scheme on that date.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a person who ceases to be an active member on 31st March 2015 by virtue of regulation 10 (ending of membership) of the Administration Regulations and these Regulations apply to any such person as if that person is not an active member immediately before 1st April 2015.

(3) Notwithstanding regulation 3(2) (active membership) of the 2014 Regulations, a person who is eligible to be an active member of the 2009 Scheme immediately before 1st April 2015 who is not a member of 2009 Scheme, does not become a member of the Scheme on 1st April 2015 unless that date is an automatic enrolment date for that member.

(4) If any person has notified an employer under regulation 10(2) (ending of membership) of the Administration Regulations before 1st April 2015 of a wish to leave the 2009 Scheme, but would not (apart from this paragraph) have ceased to be an active member immediately before 1st April 2015—

(a)paragraph (1) does not apply to that person;

(b)the person’s active membership ceases on 31st March 2015; and

(c)these Regulations apply to that person as if that person is not an active member immediately before 1st April 2015.

(5) A person who was a deferred member of one of the earlier Schemes whose benefits under those Schemes have not come into payment and who becomes an active member of the Scheme by virtue of regulation 3(1) (active membership) of the 2014 Regulations without a disqualifying break, may choose, by notice in writing to the Committee within 12 months of becoming a member of the Scheme, to be treated as if he or she had become an active member of the Scheme by virtue of paragraph (1).

(6) A disqualifying break for the purposes of paragraph (5) is a continuous break of more than five years in active membership of a public service pension scheme.

(7) A designation by an employing authority of an employee or class of employees as being eligible for membership of the 2009 Scheme pursuant to regulations 3 (general eligibility for membership) and 6 (admission agreements – further provisions) of the Administration Regulations has effect as a designation as being eligible for membership of the Scheme.

Admission agreements

6.—(1) Any admission agreement entered into before 1st April 2015 continues to have effect after 31st March 2015 and employees of admission bodies designated before that date in accordance with an admission agreement as eligible for membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme are from 1st April 2015, subject to regulation 5(2) to (4) (membership of the Scheme), members of the Scheme by virtue of the agreement.

(2) Any indemnity, bond or guarantee provided in respect of an admission agreement entered into before 1st April 2015 has effect in relation to any liabilities whether incurred up to and including 1st April 2015 or after that date.

(3) Any condition imposed before 1st April 2015 by the Department on an approval for the admission of a body to the earlier Schemes continues to have effect and withdrawal of the approval by the Department where the condition is not met has effect as if approval for admission to the Scheme had been withdrawn.

(4) These Regulations and the 2014 Regulations apply to employment with an admission body in which the employee is an active member in the same way as if the admission body were an employing authority.

Qualifying service for the Scheme

7.—(1) Any period of active membership in the earlier Schemes which the member has at 31st March 2015 counts as qualifying service in the Scheme for the purposes regulation 3(5)(a) and 3(5)(c) (active membership) of the 2014 Regulations.

(2) Any transfer value payment accepted into the earlier Schemes counts as a transfer value payment into the Scheme for the purposes of regulation 3(5)(b), 3(5)(c) and 3(5)(d) of the 2014 Regulations.

(3) A transfer value payment made under the earlier Schemes to a qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme counts as qualifying service in the Scheme for the purposes of regulation 3(5)(g) of the 2014 Regulations.

(4) A member of the Scheme who has a deferred benefit or a pension in payment under the earlier Schemes is treated as having qualifying service for a period of 2 years for the purposes of regulation 3(5) of the 2014 Regulations, but if a deferred benefit—

(a)is in respect of less than 2 year’s membership; and

(b)is aggregated with any of the Scheme benefits,

and the aggregate of that membership and the service in the Scheme is less than 2 years, the member may, upon ceasing to be an active member, elect instead of having a deferred benefit under the Scheme, to have regulation 20 (rights to return of contributions) of the 2014 Regulations deemed to apply to all the contributions made by the member.

(5) A person who became a member of the Scheme by virtue of regulation 5(1) (membership of the Scheme), and who has at least 3 months qualifying service in the Scheme (which expression includes for this purpose any of the period of active membership in the earlier Schemes if aggregated with membership of the Scheme), who ceases to be an active member of the Scheme before achieving qualifying service for a period of 2 years may elect—

(a)to have regulation 20 (rights to return of contributions) of the 2014 Regulations deemed to apply to the contributions paid both into the earlier Schemes and the Scheme (where the period in respect of which contributions to the earlier Schemes were paid has been aggregated with membership of the Scheme);

(b)to be a deferred member of the Scheme notwithstanding regulation 8(1) (deferred members) of the 2014 Regulations; or

(c)if the member has reached the normal retirement age applicable to that member under the 2009 Scheme, to draw retirement pension immediately, notwithstanding regulation 8(1) (deferred members) of the 2014 Regulations.

(6) An election under paragraph (4), (5)(a) or (5)(b) must be made in writing to the Committee within the period of 6 months beginning with the date on which the active membership ceased and an election under paragraph (5)(c) must be made to the Committee within the period of 6 months beginning with the date of cessation of local government employment, and in default of any election being made the member shall—

(a)in the case of a member satisfying the conditions in paragraph (4), be awarded a deferred benefit under the Scheme; or

(b)in the case of a member satisfying the conditions in paragraph (5), be awarded a deferred benefit in the Scheme, or an immediate pension, as appropriate.

Pensionable pay

8.—(1) For the purposes of calculating assumed pensionable pay under regulation 23 (assumed pensionable pay) of the 2014 Regulations, if all or part of the periods referred to in paragraph (4) of that regulation fall before 1st April 2015, the calculation must include the pensionable pay the member received before 1st April 2015 in relation to that period.

(2) Where these Regulations provide for final pay received after 31st March 2015 to be calculated under regulations 8 to 11 (calculation of final pay) of the Benefits Regulations, if a member has a period of absence from work of the description in regulation 13(4)(b) or 13(4)(c) (contributions during absence from work with permission or due to a trade dispute) of the 2014 Regulations and, on or after the commencement of that period of absence, has purchased additional pension under regulation 18 (additional pension contributions) of the 2014 Regulations equivalent to the pension that the member would have accrued but for the absence—

(a)the member is treated as entitled to count the period of absence as a period of membership; and

(b)is treated as receiving the pay that would have been received but for the absence.

Transfers

9.—(1) Where a transfer payment is received into the Scheme in respect of a person from a different public service pension scheme which includes a payment in respect of service before 1st April 2015 which would have entitled the person to final salary benefits in that scheme, such payment shall entitle that person to benefits under the Scheme as if they were payable as final salary benefits under the 2009 Scheme so long as the person in respect of whom the transfer payment is received has had no continuous break in active membership of any public service pension scheme of more than five years.

(2) Where a transfer payment is to be made to a registered pension scheme or qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme in respect of a member of the Scheme, that transfer payment shall include any benefits accrued by that member under the earlier Schemes that are aggregated with the service under the Scheme.

(3) Where a transfer payment is received from a registered pension scheme which is not a public service pension scheme, or from a European Pensions Institution in respect of a member of the Scheme, if the relevant date in either case was before 1st April 2015, that transfer payment shall be dealt with by the Committee as if it had been received in respect of membership of the 2009 Scheme.

(4) The relevant date for the purposes of paragraph (3) is the date on which the person first became an active member in the employment, or the date the transfer payment is received if more than 12 months later.

(5) Transfer payments will be calculated in accordance with guidance issued by the Department.

Retirement benefits

10.—(1) A member who became an active member of the Scheme by virtue of regulation 5(1) (membership of the Scheme) must, upon drawing a retirement pension under regulation 31 (retirement benefits), 36 (early payment of retirement pension on ill-health grounds: active members) or 37 (early payment of retirement pension on ill-health grounds: deferred members) of the 2014 Regulations, draw any aggregated benefits accrued in the earlier Schemes at the same time as those benefits accrued under the Scheme are drawn.

(2) A member who became an active member of the Scheme by virtue of regulation 5(1) (membership of the Scheme) must, if exercising the option in regulation 31(6) (flexible retirement) of the 2014 Regulations, make a request to receive the benefits mentioned in paragraph (3) and such benefits may, with the member’s employing authority’s consent be paid to the member notwithstanding that the member has not retired.

(3) The benefits referred to in paragraph (2) are—

(a)all of the aggregated benefits from the 2002 Scheme;

(b)all, part or none of the aggregated benefits accrued under the 2009 Scheme;

(c)all, part or none of the aggregated benefits accrued under the Scheme; and

(d)any additional benefits in accordance with actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3) additional benefits are—

(a)benefits from added years contracts entered into under regulation 57 (payments to increase total membership) of the 2002 Regulations or equivalent provisions of the other earlier Schemes;

(b)benefits under regulation 19(7) (additional voluntary contributions) of the 2014 Regulations or equivalent provisions of the earlier Schemes;

(c)additional pension purchased under regulation 18 (additional pension contributions) of the 2014 Regulations or regulation 19 (payment of additional regular contributions) of the Administration Regulations and regulation 14 (election in respect of additional pension) of the Benefits Regulations; and

(d)additional pension awarded under regulation 32 (award of additional pension) of the 2014 Regulations or regulation 13 (power of employing authority to award additional pension) of the Benefits Regulations.

Ill-health retirement

11.—(1) A member who qualifies for Tier 1 benefits or Tier 2 benefits under the 2014 Regulations who would have benefited from the protection in regulation 20(7) (transitional protection for those aged 45 before 1st April 2009) of the Benefits Regulations(3) if those Regulations had applied on the date the member’s employment was terminated, is entitled to benefits equalling the higher of—

(a)the Tier 1 benefits or Tier 2 benefits, as the case may be, calculated under the 2014 Regulations and these Regulations; or

(b)the benefits the member would have received under sub-paragraph (a) if the amount to be added under regulation 39(1) or (2) (calculation of ill-health pension amounts) of the 2014 Regulations were calculated by reference to the period that would have been added had regulation 30 (amounts of ill-health pension and grant) of the 2002 Regulations applied and if—

(i)the period of membership the member had accrued under the earlier Schemes and the Scheme had counted as a period of membership of the 2002 Scheme; and

(ii)the amount added under regulation 39(1) or 39(2) of the 2014 Regulations were calculated by reference to a 1/60th accrual rate.

(2) The 2014 Regulations shall apply to a person in respect of whom benefits are paid under regulation 20(2) (early leavers: ill-health) of the Benefits Regulations as if that person where in receipt of Tier 1 benefits under the 2014 Regulations.

(3) The 2014 Regulations shall apply to a person in respect of whom benefits are paid under regulation 20(3) (early leavers: ill-health) of the Benefits Regulations as if that person where in receipt of Tier 2 benefits under the 2014 Regulations.

(4) A certificate produced by an independent registered medical practitioner ((IRMP) as defined in Schedule 1 (interpretation) of the 2014 Regulations) under the 2009 Scheme may be used for the purposes of making determinations under the Scheme.

(5) A person who has received an ill-health pension and grant under the earlier Schemes, which for the purposes of this paragraph does not include the 2009 Scheme, is to be treated as if that person were in receipt of Tier 1 benefits under the 2014 Regulations.

Lump sum commutation

12.—(1) Where a member elects to commute pension under regulation 34 (election for lump sum instead of pension) of the 2014 Regulations, the member’s benefits under the earlier Schemes which are aggregated with the member’s benefits under the Scheme are taken into account for the purposes of regulation 34(1) and 34(2) of the 2014 Regulations.

(2) In the case of a pensioner member of the Scheme with benefits under the earlier Schemes and the Scheme which have been aggregated as is described in paragraph (1) and who commuted pension under regulation 34 of the 2014 Regulations, for the purposes of working out any entitlement to death grant, the pension the member received is treated as having been reduced in the proportions described in paragraphs (3) and (4).

(3) Pension accrued under the Scheme is treated as reduced by that percentage of the amount of pension commuted which the amount of pre-commutation pension under the Scheme bears to the total pre-commutation pension.

(4) Pension accrued under the earlier Schemes is treated as reduced by that percentage of the amount of pension commuted which the amount of pre-commutation pension under the earlier Schemes bears to the total pre-commutation pension.

Contributions

13.—(1) Notwithstanding the revocations effected by regulation 2 (revocation of regulations), the Administration Regulations and the Benefits Regulations continue to have effect so far as is necessary to ensure that where—

(a)a member has a period of absence from work which begins before 1st April 2015 and ends after that date, the period falling before 1st April 2015 is to be dealt with in accordance with those Regulations and the period falling after 31st March 2015 is to be dealt with in accordance with the 2014 Regulations; and

(b)a member receives pensionable pay after 31st March 2015 which relates to a period prior to 1st April 2015, the member’s contributions are payable on the pensionable pay as defined in regulation 4 (meaning of pensionable pay) of the Benefits Regulations at the rate payable under those Regulations; and

any contributions that the member makes after 1st April 2015 in respect of the absence or that pay must be allocated according to the period to which they relate and benefits accrued accordingly.

(2) A member entitled to a refund of contributions under regulation 20 (rights to return of contributions) of the 2014 Regulations, who has paid contributions under the earlier Schemes and has aggregated the periods in which those contributions were paid with membership of the Scheme, is entitled to a refund of contributions paid to the earlier Schemes in respect of that aggregated membership.

Additional contributions

14.—(1) Notwithstanding the revocations effected by regulation 2 (revocation of regulations) the following regulations continue to have effect—

(a)regulation 57 (payments to increase total membership) of the 2002 Regulations as it applies to a member who has elected before 1st April 2009 to make additional contributions to increase total membership by an additional period;

(b)regulation 68(8) (elections as to use of accumulated value of AVCs) of the 2002 Regulations prior to 1st February 2003 in respect of a person who made an election under regulation C24(1) (additional voluntary contributions) of the 2000 Regulations before 1st February 2003;

(c)regulation 84 (discontinuance of additional contributions) of the 2002 Regulations in respect of a person to whom sub-paragraph (a) applies; and

(d)regulations 14 (election to pay additional regular contributions), 14A(4) (election to pay additional contributions: additional survivor benefits) and 15 (election to pay additional voluntary contributions (AVCs)) of the Benefits Regulations and regulations 19 (payment of additional regular contributions (ARCs)), 20 (discontinuance of ARCs), regulation 20A(5) (payment of additional contributions: survivor benefits (ASBCs)), 20B(6) (discontinuance of ASBCs), 21 (additional voluntary contributions and shared cost additional voluntary contributions), 22(7) (use of accumulated value of AVCs and SCAVCs), 23 (separate treatment of AVCs and SCAVCs from other contributions) and 24 (cost of calculations of additional pension where no notification is given under regulation 22(4)) of the Administration Regulations as they apply to a member who has elected before 1st April 2015 to pay additional contributions or additional voluntary contributions under those regulations.

(2) Benefits accrued under the regulations preserved by paragraph (1) must be calculated using the normal retirement age under the 2009 Scheme and treated as benefits under that Scheme.

(3) Notwithstanding regulation 19(11) of the 2014 Regulations (additional voluntary contributions), a person to whom regulation 5(1) (membership of the Scheme) applies who has not had a continuous break in active membership of a public service pension scheme of more than five years, may elect not to transfer the realisable value in any deferred AVC account to an arrangement under regulation 19 of the 2014 Regulations.

(4) In this regulation—

“ARCs” means additional regular contributions as referred to in regulation 19 (payment of additional regular contributions) of the Administration Regulations; and

“AVCs” means additional voluntary contributions as referred to in regulation 21 (additional voluntary contributions and shared cost additional voluntary contributions) of the Administration Regulations and regulation 19 (additional voluntary contributions) of the 2014 Regulations.

Annual allowance

15.—(1) If a member gives the Committee notice of joint and several liability under section 237B(8) of the Finance Act 2004 (liability of scheme administrator) in respect of the member’s annual allowance charge after 1st April 2015, the Committee may adjust the member’s benefits accrued within the earlier Schemes in accordance with actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

(2) In this regulation “annual allowance charge” has the meaning given to that expression by section 227(9) of the Finance Act 2004.

Death grants

16.—(1) Death grants in the case of a member who did not accrue any membership of the Scheme are calculated under the earlier Schemes notwithstanding the revocations effected by regulation 2 (revocation of regulations).

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), death grants in the case of an active member who accrued any membership of the Scheme are calculated under regulation 40 (death grants: active members) of the 2014 Regulations regardless of whether the member had accrued any membership of the earlier Schemes (excluding membership deriving from a pension credit).

(3) In the case of an active member of the Scheme who is also a deferred member or a pensioner member of the earlier Schemes, if the amount of death grant that would have been payable if regulations 32 (death grants: deferred members) and 35 (death grants: pensioner members) of the Benefits Regulations, or the corresponding provision of any of the former regulations, still applied is higher than the amount that would be payable under paragraph (2), the death grant payable is that higher amount.

(4) Death grants in the case of a deferred member or pensioner member of the Scheme who has membership accrued before 1st April 2015 are calculated by adding together the death grant calculated under the earlier Schemes based on membership accrued before 1st April 2015, and the death grant calculated under the Scheme based on membership after 31st March 2015.

Survivor benefits

17.—(1) Survivor pensions, in the case of a survivor of a person who became an active member of the Scheme member by virtue of regulation 5(1) (membership of the Scheme) are calculated by adding together the 2009 Scheme survivor pension and the Scheme survivor pension.

(2) Subject to paragraphs (5) to (9), 2009 Scheme survivor pensions for the purposes of paragraph (1) are calculated under the 2009 Scheme, notwithstanding the revocations effected by regulation 2 (revocation of regulations), taking account of the deceased member’s membership up to 31st March 2015 but—

(a)in the case of a death in service where a survivor benefit is payable under regulations 41 (survivor benefits: partners of active members) or 43 (survivor benefits: children of active members) of the 2014 Regulations, excluding any augmentation under regulation 20(2) (early leavers: ill-health) of the Benefits Regulations; and

(b)using the final pay calculated in accordance with regulations 8 to 11 (calculation of final pay) of the Benefits Regulations as if those Regulations are still in operation.

(3) The Scheme survivor pensions for the purposes of paragraph (1) are calculated in accordance with the 2014 Regulations.

(4) Subject to paragraphs (5) to (9), where—

(a)a member did not accrue any membership in the Scheme but had pension rights under the earlier Schemes; or

(b)a member did accrue membership in the Scheme and has pension rights under the earlier Schemes that have not been aggregated with the rights in the Scheme,

the survivor pension in respect of rights under the earlier Schemes are calculated under the earlier Schemes notwithstanding the revocations effected by regulation 2 (revocation of regulations).

(5) For the purposes of calculating eligibility of a person to survivor benefits under the 2009 Scheme and the other earlier Schemes, the definition of “eligible child” contained in Schedule 1 (interpretation) to the 2014 Regulations is substituted for the definition contained in regulation 26 (meaning of “eligible child”) of the Benefits Regulations and the corresponding provisions in other earlier Regulations.

(6) Any calculation of the survivor pension payable under the former regulations to a person specified in paragraph (7) is only to take account of membership accrued by a member after 5th April 1988.

(7) The persons referred to in paragraph (6) are—

(a)the surviving civil partner of a member where the civil partnership took place after the member’s active membership ceased;

(b)the survivor of a female married—

(i)deferred member; or

(ii)pensioner member,

where the marriage took place after the member’s active membership ceased; and

(c)a nominated cohabiting partner.

(8) Where a male deferred member or pensioner member marries and dies, any calculation of any survivor pension payable under the former regulations to a female survivor of the member is only to take account of membership accrued by the member after 5th April 1978.

(9) Membership for the purposes of paragraphs (6) and (8) includes any relevant additional membership that would have counted as membership for the purposes of regulation 44 and 44A (reduction of some surviving spouses’ pensions) of the 2002 Regulations.

Apportionment agreements

18.  Any apportionment agreements entered into under regulation 33A (apportionment of liabilities) of the Administration Regulations before 1st April 2015 or any agreement entered into prior to the introduction of that Regulation and treated as an agreement under that regulation by reason of regulation 33A(6) continues to have effect on and after 1st April 2015.

The 85 year rule

19.  Schedule 3 (which makes transitional provision relating to the so-called “85 year rule”) has effect in relation to a member who was subject to regulation 11 (the 85 year rule) of the Transitional Regulations 2009 prior to their revocation by these Regulations.

Pension sharing

20.—(1) A valuation of benefits of a person who is a member of the Scheme shall, for the purposes of a pension sharing order, take account of any benefits the member has accrued in the earlier Schemes.

(2) The beneficiary of an order of the type described in paragraph (1) is not to be credited with any benefits under the earlier Schemes, but is entitled to a pension credit under the Scheme in compliance with the pension sharing order and calculated in accordance with actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

(3) Where a pension sharing order requires a pension debit in respect of a percentage of a member’s pension benefits, any benefits accrued in the earlier Schemes or the Scheme shall be debited by the same percentage unless the order specifies otherwise, with the debit being calculated in accordance with actuarial guidance issued by the Department.

(4) Where a pension sharing order requires a pension debit in terms other than a percentage of the member’s benefits, the debit is to apply in proportion to the cash equivalent transfer value of the benefits accrued within the earlier Schemes and the Scheme unless the order specifies otherwise.

(5) In this regulation—

“pension credit” means a credit under Article 26(1)(b) of the 1999 Order(10) or under section 29(1)(b) of the 1999 Act(11);

“pension credit member” has the meaning given by regulation 10(1) (pension credit and survivor members) of the 2014 Regulations;

“pension credit rights” means rights to benefits under the Scheme which are attributable to a pension credit;

“pension debit member” means a member, whether an active member, a deferred member or a pensioner member, whose shareable rights under the Scheme are subject to a pension debit;

“pension sharing order” means an order or provision by virtue of which Article 26 of the 1999 Order or section 29 of the 1999 Act takes effect; and

“shareable rights” means a person’s shareable rights mentioned in Article 24(2) of the 1999 Order or under section 27(2) of the 1999 Act.

Councillors’ pensions

21.—(1) Subject to regulation 3(1) to (5) (membership before 1st April 2015), any councillor who was an active member of the 2009 Scheme as at 31st March 2015 becomes a member of the Scheme, as modified by regulation 4 (eligibility of councillors) of, and Schedule 4 (councillors members) to the 2014 Regulations, on 1st April 2015.

(2) Where paragraph (1) applies, the appropriate amount of pension accrued under the 2009 from membership of the new council shall be credited by the Committee to that councillor’s active member pension account under the Scheme.

(3) Where a councillor who has deferred councillor membership of the 2009 Scheme in respect of a new council becomes an active member of the Scheme, whether by reason of paragraph (1) or otherwise, the appropriate amount of pension accrued under the 2009 Scheme in respect of that deferred membership of the new council shall be credited by the Committee to that councillor’s active member pension account under the Scheme.

(4) The active membership of any councillor in respect of an existing council shall end on 31st March 2015 and that membership shall be treated as deferred membership unless the councillor qualifies for the immediate payment of retirement benefits under regulations 16 (normal retirement) or 17 (retirement after normal retirement age) of the Benefits Regulations or the councillor member chooses to receive the immediate payment of retirement benefits under regulation 30 (choice of early payment of pension) of those Regulations.

(5) Where paragraph (4) applies the Committee shall apply the appropriate actuarial adjustment in accordance with guidance issued by the Department, for the early or late payment of retirement benefits.

(6) A councillor of a new council who becomes an active member of Scheme, whether by reason of paragraph (1) or otherwise, may elect to aggregate any deferred councillor membership of the 2009 Scheme in respect of an existing council, under paragraph (4) or otherwise, with the councillor’s active membership of the Scheme by giving notice in writing to the Committee within 12 months of becoming an active member of the Scheme.

(7) Where a councillor member has so elected under paragraph (6) the Committee shall credit that councillor’s active member pension account under the Scheme with the appropriate amount of pension accrued under the 2009 Scheme.

Employing authorities’ obligations

22.—(1) Employing authorities must provide the Committee with such information as it reasonably requires to enable it to discharge its functions under these Regulations and any outstanding functions under the former regulations.

(2) The Committee may give a written notice under regulation 76 (additional costs arising from employing authority’s level of performance) of the 2014 Regulations where the additional costs incurred were as a result of the employing authority’s level of performance in carrying out functions under the Administration Regulations or the Benefits Regulations.

Determination of questions and disputes

23.  Regulations 79 to 89 (decisions) of the 2014 Regulations apply in respect of questions not finally determined by 1st April 2015 concerning the rights and liabilities of a person under the earlier Schemes as they apply to questions under the Scheme.

Minor and consequential amendments

24.  The provisions specified in Schedule 4 shall have effect with the amendments made by that Schedule.

Transitional and transitory provisions and savings

25.—(1) Schedule 5 shall have effect for the purpose of making transitional and transitory provisions and savings.

(2) Nothing in that Schedule affects the general operation of sections 28 and 29 of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(12).

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on 30th June 2014.

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Elizabeth Loughran

A senior officer of the Department of the Environment

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