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The Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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CHAPTER 2Pensions for eligible children

Meaning of “eligible child’s pension”

112.  In these Regulations, “eligible child’s pension” means any of the following pensions payable under this Part—

(a)a child’s earned pension;

(b)child’s lower tier earned pension;

(c)a child’s upper tier top up earned pension;

(d)a child’s added pension.

Meaning of “eligible child”

113.—(1) In these Regulations, “eligible child”, in relation to a deceased member of this scheme means—

(a)a natural child of the member where—

(i)the child meets any of conditions A to C; and

(ii)at the date of the member’s death the child was born or the child’s mother was pregnant with the child;

(b)an adopted child of the member who meets any of conditions A to C; or

(c)any other child or young person who—

(i)meets any of conditions A to C; and

(ii)in the opinion of the scheme manager, was financially dependent on the member as at the date of the member’s death.

(2) Condition A is that the person is under the age of 18.

(3) Condition B is that the person is in full-time education or vocational training and is under the age of 23.

(4) Condition C is that in the opinion of the scheme manager the person is unable to engage in gainful employment because of physical or mental impairment and either—

(a)the person is under the age of 23; or

(b)that impairment is in the opinion of the scheme medical adviser likely to be permanent and the person is dependent on the member as at the date of the member’s death because of physical or mental impairment.

(5) For the purpose of Condition B, a person who is under the age of 19 on the date on which the person stops full-time education or vocational training is taken to be in full-time education until the first of the following dates after the person stops full-time education or vocational training—

(a)the second Monday in January;

(b)the second Monday after Easter Monday;

(c)the second Monday in September;

(d)the date on which the person becomes engaged full-time in gainful employment;

(e)the person’s 19th birthday.

(6) For the purpose of Condition B, a person who is under the age of 22 at the date of the member’s death is taken to be in full-time education or vocational training if the person has temporarily stopped full-time education or vocational training for a period of up to 15 months (“gap period”).

(7) An eligible child’s pension is not payable to a person during a gap period.

Eligible child’s pension

114.—(1) This regulation applies if a member of this scheme dies leaving an eligible child.

(2) An eligible child’s pension is only payable in respect of such period or periods during which a child or young person is an eligible child.

(3) An eligible child’s pension is not payable in respect of any period before a child’s birth.

(4) An eligible child’s pension is payable in respect of an eligible child as follows—

(a)a child’s earned pension is payable if the member was entitled to the immediate payment of a full retirement pension as at the date of the member’s death or the member would have become entitled to such a pension had the member not died;

(b)a child’s lower tier earned pension is payable if a lower tier earned pension was payable to the member as at the date of the member’s death;

(c)a child’s upper tier top up earned pension is payable if an upper tier top up earned pension was payable to the member as at the date of the member’s death;

(d)a child’s added pension is payable if the member was entitled to the immediate payment of an added (all beneficiaries) pension as at the date of the member’s death or would have become entitled to such a pension had the member not died.

Annual rate of eligible child’s pension

115.—(1) The annual rate of an eligible child’s pension is determined by reference to the annual rate of the corresponding surviving adult’s pension (disregarding any reduction falling to be made under regulation 111 whether or not a surviving adult’s pension is payable on the death of the member.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation, the corresponding surviving adult’s pensions are—

(a)for a child’s earned pension, a dependant’s earned pension;

(b)for a child’s lower tier earned pension, a dependant’s lower tier earned pension;

(c)for a child’s upper tier top up earned pension, a dependant’s upper tier top up earned pension; and

(d)for a child’s added pension, a dependant’s added pension.

(3) If a surviving adult’s pension is payable on the death of the member—

(a)if an eligible child’s pension is payable in respect of only one eligible child, the annual rate of eligible child’s pension is equal to 80% of the annual rate of the corresponding surviving adult’s pension; and

(b)if an eligible child’s pension is payable in respect of 2 or more eligible children, the annual rate of eligible child’s pension payable to each eligible child is equal to the appropriate fraction of 80% of the annual rate of the corresponding surviving adult’s pension.

(4) If a surviving adult’s pension is not payable on the death of the member—

(a)if an eligible child’s pension is payable in respect of only one eligible child, the annual rate of eligible child’s pension is equal to the annual rate of the corresponding surviving adult’s pension multiplied by 4 and divided by 3; and

(b)if an eligible child’s pension is payable in respect of 2 or more eligible children, the annual rate of eligible child’s pension payable to each eligible child is equal to the appropriate fraction of the annual rate of the corresponding surviving adult’s pension multiplied by 4 and divided by 3.

(5) In this regulation, “the appropriate fraction” means where—

  • Y is the number of eligible children in respect of whom an eligible child’s pension is payable immediately after the date of the member’s death.

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