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

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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.

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