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PART 7 N.I.Retirement benefits

CHAPTER 1N.I.General

Application of PartN.I.

85.—(1) This Part applies in relation to retirement benefits payable in respect of continuous period of pensionable service under this scheme (“period of service”).

(2) In this Part, “active member”, in relation to this scheme, means a person—

(a)who is an active member of this scheme; or

(b)who, for the purpose of determining entitlement to payment of benefits to or in respect of the member, is taken to be an active member of this scheme F1.

F1See Chapter 1 of Part 4 (active membership) for when a member of the police service is taken to be an active member of this scheme.

Qualifying serviceN.I.

86.—(1) In these Regulations, “qualifying service” means the total of—

(a)any continuous period of pensionable service under this scheme not counting—

(i)any gap in service;

(ii)any career break;

(iii)any other period of unpaid leave;

(b)if a transfer payment has been received by this scheme in respect of a member's accrued rights under another occupational pension scheme, the member's period of pensionable service under that scheme;

(c)for a 2006 transition member with continuity of service, the member's period of pensionable service under the 2006 scheme before the transition date F2; and

(d)for a 1988 transition member with continuity of service, the period of pensionable service the member is entitled to reckon under the 1988 scheme before the member's transition date F3.

(2) In calculating the member's qualifying service for a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(a) or (c), a period of part-time service under this scheme or existing police pension scheme counts as if it were a period of full-time service.

(3) In calculating a member's qualifying service for a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(b) or (d), a period of service under this scheme or existing police pension scheme counts as if it were a period of full-time service.

(4) None of the following is counted as qualifying service—

(a)any pensionable service under this scheme in respect of which a person's rights under this scheme are extinguished F4;

(b)any pensionable service under the existing police pension scheme in respect of which a person's rights under that scheme are extinguished;

(c)any service transferred into the 1988 scheme after the member's closing date;

(d)any unauthorised absence from eligible service.

F2This includes any service transferred into the 2006 scheme before the member's transition date

F3This includes any service transferred into the 1988 scheme before the member's transition date

F4Regulation 176 provides for extinguishment of rights following the refund of all members' contributions and payments for added pension made by the member. Regulation 185 provides for extinguishment of rights following the making of a transfer value payment.

Descriptions of full retirement pensionN.I.

87.  For the purpose of this Part, the descriptions of full retirement pension are—

(a)retirement standard earned pension;

(b)retirement club transfer earned pension;

(c)retirement added (self only) pension; and

(d)retirement added (all beneficiaries) pension.

CHAPTER 2N.I.Full retirement benefits

Entitlement to full retirement pension (active members)N.I.

88.—(1) An active member of this scheme who has reached normal minimum pension age is entitled to an payment for life for life of a retirement earned pension if—

(a)the member has ceased to be in pensionable service under this scheme;

(b)the member has at least 2 years' qualifying service or a transfer payment otherwise than from another occupational pension scheme has been received by this scheme in relation to the member;

(c)the member has left eligible service; and

(d)the member claims payment of a full retirement pension under regulation 88 (entitlement to full retirement pension (active members)).

(2) On becoming entitled to the immediate payment for life of a retirement earned pension, P is entitled to the immediate payment for life of a retirement added pension of any description if the retirement account specifies an amount of retirement added pension of that description.

Entitlement to full retirement pension (deferred members)N.I.

89.—(1) A deferred member of this scheme is entitled to the immediate payment for life of a retirement earned pension if paragraph (2) or (3) applies.

(2) This paragraph applies if—

(a)the member has reached state pension age;

(b)the member has at least 2 years' qualifying service or a transfer payment otherwise than from another occupational pension scheme has been received by this scheme in relation to the member;

(c)the member has left eligible service; and

(d)the member claims payment of a full retirement pension under regulation 92 (claim – deferred members).

(3) This paragraph applies if—

(a)the member has not reached state pension age;

(b)the member has left eligible service;

(c)the selected medical practitioner gives a report under regulation 84 (early payment on grounds of permanent medical unfitness) that the member is permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment;

(d)the member is eligible under this scheme for ill-health benefits F5, and

(e)the member claims payment of a full retirement pension under this Chapter.

(4) This paragraph applies if—

(a)the member has reached normal minimum pension age but has not reached the member's state pension age;

(b)the member has at least 2 years' qualifying service or a transfer payment otherwise than from another occupational pension scheme has been received by this scheme in relation to the member;

(c)the member has left eligible service; and

(d)the member claims payment of a full retirement pension under regulation 94 (claim for early payment otherwise than on grounds of permanent medical unfitness (deferred members)).

(5) On becoming entitled to payment for life of a retirement earned pension, P is entitled to payment for life of a retirement added pension of any description if the deferred member's account specifies a provisional amount of the relevant deferred added pension.

(6) In this regulation, “relevant deferred added pension” means—

(a)for a retirement added (self only) pension, a deferred added (self only) pension;

(b)for a retirement added (all beneficiaries) pension, a deferred added (all beneficiaries) pension.

F5See Chapter 4 of Part 4 for when a member is eligible under this scheme for payment of ill-health benefits.

Claim for payment of full retirement pension (active members)N.I.

90.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to an active member of this scheme.

(2) A claim for payment of a full retirement pension—

(a)may only be made by written notice to the scheme manager; and

(b)must comply with the notice period specified in regulation 91 (notice period for active members).

(3) If the member claims payment of the pension before reaching normal pension age under this scheme, the notice must state if the member has opted to buy out the early payment reduction.

Notice period for active membersN.I.

91.—(1) Unless this regulation provides otherwise, a member of the police service must give notice of intent to claim the pension in accordance with the member's terms and conditions of employment.

(2) A member of the police service holding the rank of Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable or Assistant Chief Constable must give at least 3 months' notice of intent to claim the pension.

(3) A member of the police service holding a rank not mentioned in paragraph (2) must give at least one month's notice of intent to claim the pension.

(4) For the purpose of this regulation, a person engaged on relevant service under section 27 of the 1998 Act is deemed to hold the rank to which the member is entitled to revert at the end of the period of relevant service.

(5) The scheme manager may accept a shorter notice period determined by the scheme manager.

Full retirement pension payable at member's state pension age (deferred members)N.I.

92.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a deferred member of this scheme who becomes entitled under regulation 89(2) to payment of a full retirement pension on reaching the member's state pension age.

(2) For the purpose of an appeal to the Department under regulation 206, the member is taken to claim payment of the full retirement pension when the member reaches the member's state pension age.

(3) A full retirement pension calculated under regulation 97 (deferred members) is payable to the member in respect of each month as from the day on which the member reaches the member's state pension age.

Full retirement pension payable early on grounds of permanent medical unfitness (deferred members)N.I.

93.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a deferred member of this scheme who becomes entitled under regulation 89(3) to payment of a full retirement pension on grounds of permanent medical unfitness.

(2) For the purpose of an appeal to the Department under regulation 206, the deferred member is taken to claim payment of the full retirement pension on the earlier of—

(a)the date on which the deferred member asked the police pension authority to refer the questions to the selected medical practitioner under regulation 84; or

(b)the date on which the police pension authority referred those questions on its own initiative.

(3) A full retirement pension calculated under regulation 97 (deferred members) is payable to the member in respect of each month as from the date on which the member is taken to claim payment of the pension under paragraph (2).

Claim for early payment of full retirement pension otherwise than on grounds of permanent medical unfitness (deferred members)N.I.

94.—(1) A deferred member of this scheme who claims early payment of a full retirement pension otherwise than on grounds of permanent medical unfitness must give at least one month's notice of intent to claim payment of the pension.

(2) The claim for payment of the pension may only be made by written notice to the scheme manager.

(3) The notice—

(a)must state if the member has opted to buy out the early payment reduction; and

(b)must specify the date from which payment of the pension is claimed.

(4) A full retirement pension calculated under regulation 97 (deferred members) is payable to the member in respect of each month as from the date specified in the notice.

Members who have been dismissed or required to resignN.I.

95.—(1) This regulation applies to a member of the police service—

(a)who is dismissed or is required to resign; and

(b)who has reached normal minimum pension age.

(2) If the member has at least 2 years' qualifying service or a transfer payment otherwise than from another occupational pension scheme has been received by this scheme in relation to the member.

(3) If paragraph (2) does not apply, the member is entitled to a refund of all member contributions and payments for added pension under Part 10 (contributions).

(4) If paragraph (2) applies, unless the member chooses to defer payment of the pension—

(a)for the purpose of an appeal to the Department under regulation 206, the member is taken to claim payment of a full retirement pension on the date of dismissal; and

(b)the member is entitled to payment for life of a full retirement pension calculated under regulation 96 (active members) in respect of each month as from the date of dismissal.

(5) If paragraph (2) applies and the member chooses to defer payment of the pension, the member becomes entitled to payment for life of a full retirement pension—

(a)under regulation 89(2) when the member reaches the member's state pension age; or

(b)under regulation 89(4), if the member claims early payment of the pension under regulation 94 (claim for early payment otherwise than on grounds of permanent medical unfitness (deferred members)).

Annual rate of full retirement pension (active members)N.I.

96.—(1) This regulation applies when an active member of this scheme becomes entitled to the payment for life of a full retirement pension.

(2) The annual rate of each description of full retirement pension payable to the member is calculated by—

(a)taking the amount of that description of full retirement pension specified in the retirement account;

(b)subtracting the early payment reduction (if any) specified in that account in relation to that amount; and

(c)subtracting the commutation amount (if any) specified in that account in relation to that amount.

(3) The annual rate of any description of full retirement pension is calculated without subtracting the early payment reduction if the member buys out the early payment reduction in relation to that description of full retirement pension.

Annual rate of full retirement pension (deferred members)N.I.

97.—(1) This regulation applies when a deferred member of this scheme becomes entitled to the payment for life of a full retirement pension.

(2) The annual rate of any description of full retirement pension payable to the member is calculated by—

(a)taking the provisional amount of the relevant description of deferred pension specified in the deferred member's account;

(b)adding the late payment supplement (if any) specified in that account in relation to that provisional amount;

(c)subtracting the early payment reduction (if any) specified in that account in relation to that amount; and

(d)subtracting the commutation amount (if any) specified in that account in relation to that amount.

(3) The annual rate of any description of full retirement pension is calculated without subtracting the early payment reduction if—

(a)the member buys out the early payment reduction in relation to that description of full retirement pension; or

(b)the full retirement pension comes into payment early on grounds of permanent medical unfitness F6.

(4) In this regulation, “the relevant description of deferred pension” means—

(a)for a retirement standard earned pension, deferred standard earned pension;

(b)for a retirement club transfer earned pension, deferred club transfer earned pension;

(c)for a retirement added (self only) pension, deferred added (self only) pension; and

(d)for a retirement added (all beneficiaries) pension, deferred added (all beneficiaries) pension.

F6See regulation 89(4) for when a full retirement pension comes into payment early on grounds of permanent medical unfitness.

Full retirement pension ceasing to be payableN.I.

98.—(1) A full retirement pension ceases to be payable to a member who re-enters pensionable service under this scheme within 28 days after the last day of the service in relation to which the pension was payable.

(2) If paragraph (1) applies in relation to a member—

(a)the scheme manager must—

(i)cease to pay the pension; and

(ii)recover any payment of pension or lump sum made;

(b)the retirement account must be closed; and

(c)the active member's account must be re-established under Part 5 (pensions accounts) and treated as if it had never been closed.

CHAPTER 3N.I.Ill-health pension

Payment thresholdsN.I.

99.—(1) An active member of this scheme who meets the lower tier threshold for payment of an ill-health pension (“lower tier threshold”) if the selected medical practitioner gives a report and certificate under Part 6 containing the decision that —

(a)the member is permanently medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police service; but

(b)the member is not permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment.

(2) A member of this scheme meets the upper tier threshold for payment of an ill-health pension (“upper tier threshold”) if the selected medical practitioner gives a report under Part 6 containing the decision that the member is permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment.

Entitlement to payment of ill-health pensionN.I.

100.—(1) An active member of this scheme who has not reached normal pension age under this scheme is entitled to the payment for life of an ill-health pension under this Chapter if the conditions in paragraph (2) are met.

(2) The conditions are—

(a)the police pension authority acting in exercise of its functions as employer requires the member to retire on a date determined by the police pension authority (or the Chief Constable as the case may be) under Part 6 (compulsory ill-health retirement);

(b)the member has at least 2 years' qualifying service or is permanently medically unfit as the result of an injury received without the member's default in the execution of duty; and

(c)the member is eligible under this scheme for payment of ill-health benefits.

(3) An ill-health pension under this Chapter is payable as follows—

(a)if the member meets the lower tier threshold, a lower tier ill-health pension is payable;

(b)if the member meets the upper tier threshold—

(i)a lower tier ill-health pension is payable; and

(ii)an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension is payable.

(4) A retirement added pension of any description is payable with a lower tier ill-health pension if the retirement account specifies an amount of retirement added pension of that description.

(5) For a transition member with continuity of service, a transition member's ill-health pension is payable under paragraph 23 of Schedule 4.

(6) For a pensioner member who becomes entitled to an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension under regulation 110 or 111, an ill-health pension is payable in accordance with that regulation.

Payment of ill-health pensionN.I.

101.—(1) For the purpose of an appeal to the Department under regulation 206, an active member of this scheme is taken to claim payment of an ill-health pension under this Chapter on the date on which the member is required to retire under Part 6.

(2) An ill-health pension under this Chapter is payable to the member in respect of each month as from the date on which the member was required to retire under Part 6.

Annual rate of ill-health pension under this schemeN.I.

102.—(1) The annual rate of ill-health pension under this scheme F7 is calculated as follows F8.

(2) The annual rate of a lower tier ill-health pension is calculated in the same way as the annual rate of retirement earned pension F9 is calculated under regulation 96 (annual rate of full retirement pension (active members)), but without subtracting the early payment reduction.

(3) The annual rate of any retirement added pension payable with a lower tier ill-health pension is calculated in the same way as it is calculated under regulation 96 (annual rate of full retirement pension (active members)), but without subtracting the early payment reduction.

(4) The annual rate of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension payable to a member whose aggregate period of service is less than 5 years is the lesser of—

where —

total accrued earned pension” means —

(a)

for a 2006 transition member with continuity of service, the total amount of accrued earned pension under both this scheme and 2006 scheme; or

(b)

for any other member, the amount of accrued earned pension under this scheme.

assumed period of pensionable service” means the period (expressed in years) —

(a)

beginning with the day after the member's period of service ceased; and

(b)

ending with the day before the day on which the member will reach normal pension age under this scheme (assuming that the member lives until that age); and

final pay” has the meaning given in regulation 158.

(5) In the case of a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(b) at the date of his retirement, the assumed period of pensionable service for the purpose of paragraph (4)(b) or (5), as the case may be, shall be calculated by the application of the following fraction

where—

A is the total contracted annual hours for a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(b) (and a proportion of those hours for each partial year);

B is the number of hours per week if service was on a full-time basis for a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(a) or (c); and

C is the number of week's service in a full year for an officer who falls within regulation 4(1)(a) or (c).

for the period beginning with the date of member's retirement and ending on the day immediately before that on which he would reach normal retirement age.

(6) The annual rate of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension payable to a member whose aggregate period of service is 5 years or more is—

where—

assumed period of pensionable service” has the same meaning as in paragraph (4);

final pay” has the meaning given in regulation 158;

(7) In this regulation, “aggregate period of service” means—

(a)for a 2006 transition member with continuity of service—

(i)the member's continuous period of pensionable service under this scheme; and

(ii)the member's pensionable service under the 2006 scheme before the member's transition date; or

(b)for any other member, the member's continuous period of pensionable service under this scheme.

(8) In calculating the aggregate period of service under this regulation for a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(b), a period of service counts as if it were a period of full-time service, but this paragraph does not apply so as to affect any references to assumed period of pensionable service under this regulation.

(9) For a member whom the scheme manager determines under regulation 34 (re-determination of eligibility for ill-health benefits) is eligible under this scheme for payment of ill-health benefits, the member's continuous period of pensionable service under this scheme is taken to begin on the date of that determination.

(10) In calculating a member's aggregate period of service, a period of part-time service for a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(a) or (c) under this scheme or under the 2006 scheme counts as if it were a period of full-time service.

(11) In calculating a member's assumed period of pensionable service (“the assumed period”), the member is taken to be in part-time service during the assumed period for the same proportion of time as the member was in part-time service during the member's aggregate period of service.

F7For the annual rate of a transition member's ill-health pension, see Schedule 4, Part 6.

F8An ill-health pension is payable from the day after the date on which the police pension authority requires the member to retire under Part 6.

F9Regulation 42 provides for the calculation of an amount of accrued earned pension. This amount forms the basis for determining the amount of retirement earned pension under regulation 66. The annual rate of retirement earned pension in relation to active members is calculated under regulation 96.

Deferment of added pension attributable to recent paymentsN.I.

103.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a member of this scheme—

(a)who is entitled to payment for life of an ill-health pension under this scheme; and

(b)whose active member's account as at the end of the last day of pensionable service specifies an amount of accrued added pension that is attributable in whole or in part to a lump sum payment for added pension made under Schedule 3 within the 12 months before the relevant day.

(2) The member becomes a deferred member of this scheme in respect of that amount of accrued added pension and accordingly—

(a)a deferred member's account must be established under Part 5 (pension accounts);

(b)that amount of accrued added pension must be specified in the deferred member's account as the provisional amount of the relevant description of deferred added pension; and

(c)that amount of accrued added pension is not included in the calculation of the annual rate of retirement added pension payable with the lower tier ill-health pension.

(3) In paragraph (1), “the relevant day” means —

(a)the day on which the police pension first referred the questions under regulation 79 (referral of medical questions for purpose of Regulation 80) to the selected medical practitioner for a decision by virtue of which the member is entitled to payment of the ill-health pension; or

(b)if the member was on sick leave on that day and did not return to service from that leave, the day on which that leave began.

CHAPTER 4N.I.Reduction of ill-health benefits

Referral of medical question for purpose of reduction of benefitsN.I.

104.—(1) This regulation applies if the scheme manager is considering the exercise of powers under regulation 105 (reduction of pension in case of default);

(2) The scheme manager must refer the question whether the person has brought about or substantially contributed to the medical unfitness by the person's own default.

(3) The decision of a selected medical practitioner on a question referred under this regulation must take the form of a report and a certificate.

(4) A copy of the report and the certificate must be given to the scheme manager and to the member.

(5) That report is final, subject to—

(a)an appeal against the decision under Schedule 1; or

(b)the referral of the decision for reconsideration under Schedule.

Reduction of pension in case of defaultN.I.

105.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to—

(a)a deferred member of this scheme who on the ground of permanent medical unfitness for engaging in any regular employment becomes entitled under regulation 89(3) to the payment of a full retirement pension before reaching the member's state pension age F10.

(b)an active member of this scheme who becomes entitled under Chapter 3 to the payment of an ill-health pension under this scheme; or

(c)a pensioner member of this scheme who becomes entitled under this Chapter to the of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension.

(2) The scheme manager may reduce the amount of full retirement pension or ill-health pension under this scheme by an amount not exceeding a half of that to which the member would otherwise be entitled if the selected medical practitioner gives a report on the question referred under regulation 104(referral of medical questions for the purpose of reduction of benefits) containing the decision that the member has become medically unfit by the member's own default.

(3) For the purpose of this regulation, the selected medical practitioner may decide that the member has become medically unfit by the member's own default if, in the opinion of the selected medical practitioner, the member has brought about, or has substantially contributed to, the member's medical unfitness.

(4) The reduction of a pension under this regulation ceases to have effect—

(a)in respect of a member mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b), when the member reaches normal pension age under this scheme; or

(b)in respect of a member mentioned in paragraph (1)(c), when the member reaches the member's state pension age.

(5) When the member reaches the member's state pension age, if the reduced pension is less than the amount of full retirement pension that would have been payable to the member on reaching that age had the member become entitled to a full retirement pension under regulation 89(2) when the member left eligible service, the scheme manager must increase the pension to that amount.

(6) The member may appeal under regulation 206 (appeals to the Department) against the decision of the scheme manager to reduce a pension under this regulation.

F10See regulation 89(3) for when a full retirement pension comes into payment early on grounds of permanent medical unfitness.

Refusal to be medically examinedN.I.

106.  The scheme manager may make a decision under this Chapter on such evidence and medical advice as the scheme manager thinks necessary if—

(a)a question as to the medically unfitness of a member of the police service is referred to a selected medical practitioner for decision; and

(b)the member wilfully or negligently fails to submit to any medical examination or to attend any interviews that the selected medical practitioner considers necessary in order to make a decision.

Decision of scheme manager void if appeal against decision of selected medical practitioner is successfulN.I.

107.—(1) A decision of the scheme manager under this Chapter is void if—

(a)the selected medical practitioner decides that —

(i)the member is permanently medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police service;

(ii)the member is permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment; or

(iii)the member has brought about or substantially contributed to the medical unfitness by the member's own default;

(b)the member appeals under Schedule 1 against the decision of the selected medical practitioner; and

(c)the Independent Medical Referee decides that

(i)the member is not so permanently medically unfit; or

(ii)the member did not bring about or substantially contribute to the medical unfitness by the member's own default.

CHAPTER 5N.I.Review of Ill-health benefits

Review of lower tier ill-health pensionN.I.

108.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a person (P) who—

(a)is receiving payment of a lower tier ill-health pension but not an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension; and

(b)has not reached normal pension age under this scheme.

(2) The scheme manager may periodically review whether P's medical unfitness has ceased or significantly worsened.

(3) A periodic review under paragraph (2) may be carried out at any time the scheme manager chooses.

(4) The scheme manager must carry out a review as to whether P's medical unfitness has ceased or significantly worsened if the scheme manager is notified that P's medical unfitness has worsened.

(5) In carrying out a review under paragraph (2) or (4) the scheme manager must refer the questions in regulation 115(2) (referral of medical questions for purpose of a review) to a selected medical practitioner for decision.

(6) In this regulation, medical unfitness means inability occasioned by infirmity of mind or body to perform the ordinary duties of a member of the police service.

Cancellation of lower tier ill-health pension if medical unfitness ceasesN.I.

109.—(1) This regulation applies if—

(a)The scheme manager carries out a review under regulation 108(review of lower tier ill-health pension);and

(b)the selected medical practitioner gives a report and certificate on the questions referred under regulation 115(2) containing the decision that P's medical unfitness has ceased, the scheme manager may give P notice that P has ceased to be medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police service.

(2) The scheme manager may give P notice that P may rejoin the police service—

(a)within the period of 3 months beginning with the date on which P is given the notice; and

(b)at a rank not lower than the rank which P held immediately before the ill-health pension became payable.

(3) The lower tier ill-health pension ceases to be payable to P on the earlier of—

(a)the last day of the 3 month period; or

(b)the day on which P rejoins the police service.

(4) Paragraph (5) applies if—

(a)a lower tier ill-health pension ceases to be payable under paragraph (3)(a);but

(b)P is not entitled to receive payment of a full retirement pension under Chapter 2 (full retirement benefits) because P has less than 2 years qualifying service.

(5) The scheme manager must pay the difference to P if the aggregate of the following is less than P's aggregate pension contributions in respect of the relevant period of service—

(a)the sums paid in respect of the pension; and

(b)the actuarial value, determined by the scheme manager in accordance with actuarial tables, of any pension to which P is entitled under regulation 204 (guaranteed minimum pensions under section 10 of 1993 Act).

Entitlement to enhanced upper tier ill-health pension following claim for paymentN.I.

110.—(1) This regulation applies if—

(a)the scheme manager carries out a review under regulation 108(4) (review of lower tier ill-health pension); and

(b)the selected medical practitioner gives a report on the questions referred under regulation 115(2) containing the decision that P is permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment.

(2) P is entitled to payment of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension from the claim date, calculated in accordance with regulation 102(annual rate of ill-health pension) and payable in accordance with this regulation in addition to the lower tier ill-health pension.

(3) The enhanced upper tier ill-health pension is payable in respect of each month as from the claim date.

(4) P is not taken to claim payment of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension if the claim date is more than 5 years after the date on which P became entitled to receive payment for life of the lower tier ill-health pension.

(5) The time limit in paragraph (4) does not apply if P's medical unfitness is attributable to a progressive medical condition which, of its nature, could have been expected, as at the time of P's retirement, to affect P with increasing severity.

(6) In this regulation—

claim date” means the date on which the scheme manager is notified that P's medical unfitness has worsened; and

progressive medical condition” means—

(a)

a medical condition specified in Schedule 2 (progressive medical conditions); or

(b)

a medical condition specified on a list published by the Department for the purpose of this regulation.

Entitlement to enhanced upper tier ill-health pension following periodic reviewN.I.

111.—(1) This regulation applies if—

(a)the scheme manager carries out a periodic review under regulation108(2) (review of lower tier ill-health pension); and

(b)the selected medical practitioner gives a report on the questions referred under regulation 115(2) containing the decision that P is permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment.

(2) P is entitled to payment of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension from the claim date, calculated in accordance with regulation 102 (annual rate of ill-health pension) and payable in accordance with this regulation in addition to the lower tier ill-health pension.

(3) P is not entitled to payment of an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension under this regulation if the claim date is more than 5 years after the date on which P became entitled to receive payment for life of the lower tier ill-health pension.

(4) The time limit in paragraph (3) does not apply if P's medical unfitness is attributable to a progressive medical condition which, of its nature, could have been expected, as at the time of P's retirement, to affect P with increasing severity.

(5) The enhanced upper tier ill-health pension is payable in respect of each month as from the claim date.

(6) In this regulation, “claim date” means the date on which the scheme manager refers the questions in regulation 115(2) (referral of medical questions for purpose of review – lower tier ill-health pension) to a selected medical practitioner for decision.

Review and cancellation of enhanced upper tier ill-health pensionN.I.

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

(a)is receiving payment of both a lower tier ill-health pension and an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension; and

(b)has not reached P's state pension age.

(2) The scheme manager may periodically review whether the person's medical unfitness has ceased or significantly improved.

(3) A review may be carried out at least every 5 years as determined by the scheme manager.

(4) The scheme manager must refer the questions in regulation 115(3) (referral of medical questions – enhanced upper tier ill-health pension) to a selected medical practitioner for decision.

(5) If the selected medical practitioner gives a report and certificate on the questions referred under regulation 115, containing the decision that P has ceased to be medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment, P ceases to be entitled to payment of the enhanced upper tier ill-health pension.

(6) P ceases to be entitled to payment of an enhanced ill-health pension—

(a)at the end of the period of 3 months beginning with the date of the report and certificate which contains the decision of the selected medical practitioner that P has ceased to be medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment; or

(b)if earlier, the day on which P returns to eligible service.

(7) In its application to a member who falls within regulation 4(1)(b), any review by the scheme manager under paragraph (2) shall be of whether the medical unfitness of P has significantly improved to such an extent that P has ceased to be entitled to payment of the enhanced upper tier ill-health pension or lower tier ill-health pension.

(8) P remains entitled to the payment for life of the lower tier ill-health pension unless—

(a)the scheme manager, on a review under another regulation in this Chapter, refers the questions under regulation 115(2) (referral of medical questions - lower tier ill-health pension) to the selected medical practitioner for decision; and

(b)the selected medical practitioner gives a report on those questions containing the decision that P has ceased to be medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police service.

(9) In paragraph (2), “medical unfitness” means inability occasioned by infirmity of mind or body to engage in any regular employment.

Cancellation of ill-health pension: failure to receive appropriate medical treatmentN.I.

113.—(1) This regulation applies if—

(a)the scheme manager carries out a review under regulation 108 (review of lower tier ill- health pension) or 112 (review and cancellation of enhanced upper tier ill-health pension);

(b)the selected medical practitioner gives P a written notice and certificate stating the opinion that—

(i)P's medical unfitness would be expected to have ceased if P had received normal appropriate medical treatment; and

(ii)P is not receiving, or has not received, appropriate medical treatment; and

(c)the scheme manager gives P a written notice stating the opinion that P's failure to receive appropriate medical treatment is attributable to P's wilfulness or negligence and giving notice of the scheme manager's powers under paragraph (2).

(2) The scheme manager may cease payment of the ill-health pension if the scheme manager decides that—

(a)P's failure to receive appropriate medical treatment is attributable to P's wilfulness or negligence; and

(b)P has persisted in that failure after receiving both—

(i)a written notice from the selected medical practitioner under paragraph (1)(b); and

(ii)a written notice from the scheme manager under paragraph (1)(c).

(3) In this regulation—

appropriate medical treatment” does not include medical treatment that the scheme manager decides is reasonable for P to refuse F11; and

medical unfitness” means inability occasioned by infirmity of mind or body to perform the ordinary duties of a member of the police service.

F11See provisions on appeals

Review and cancellation of full retirement pension which came into payment early on the grounds of permanent medical unfitnessN.I.

114.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a person (P) who—

(a)is receiving payment of a full retirement pension which came into payment early on grounds of permanent medical unfitness F12; and

(b)has not reached P's state pension age.

(2) The scheme manager may periodically review whether P's medical unfitness has ceased.

(3) A review may be carried out at least every 5 years as determined by the scheme manager.

(4) The scheme manager must refer the questions in regulation 115(4) (referral of medical questions for purpose of a review-full retirement pension) to a selected medical practitioner for decision.

(5) If the selected medical practitioner gives a report and certificate on the questions referred under regulation 115(4) containing the decision that the member has ceased to be medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment, the scheme manager must cease to make payments of the full retirement pension from the beginning of the next pay period.

(6) In this regulation “medical unfitness” means the inability occasioned by infirmity of mind or body to engage in any regular employment.

F12See regulation 89(3) (early payment of full retirement pension) for when a full retirement pension comes into payment early on the grounds of permanent medical unfitness.

Referral of medical questions for purpose of a reviewN.I.

115.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to the following reviews.

(2) Where the scheme manager is considering whether the medical unfitness of a person receiving payment of a lower tier ill-health pension but not an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension has ceased or significantly worsened, the scheme manager must refer the following questions to a selected medical practitioner for decision—

(a)whether the person continues to be medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police service; and

(b)if so, whether—

(i)the person is also medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment; and

(ii)that medical unfitness is likely to be permanent.

(3) Where the scheme manager is considering whether the medical unfitness of a person receiving payment of both a lower tier ill-health pension and an enhanced upper tier ill-health pension or full retirement pension has ceased or significantly improved, the scheme manager must refer the following questions to a selected medical practitioner for decision—

(a)whether the person continues to be medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment; and

(b)if not, whether the person continues to be medically unfit for the performance of the ordinary duties of a member of the police service.

(4) Where the scheme manager is considering whether the medical unfitness of a person receiving payment of a full retirement pension which came into payment early on grounds of permanent medical unfitness has ceased, the scheme manager must refer the question whether the person continues to be medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment to a selected medical practitioner for decision.

(5) If the selected medical practitioner decides that the question mentioned in paragraph (2)(a) or a question mentioned in paragraph (3) or (4) is answered in the affirmative, the selected medical practitioner does not need to consider the question as to the likelihood of that medical unfitness continuing permanently.

(6) The decision of a selected medical practitioner on a question referred under this regulation must take the form of a report and a certificate.

(7) A copy of the report and the certificate must be given to the scheme manager and to the member.

(8) That report is final, subject to—

(a)an appeal against the decision under Schedule 1; or

(b)the referral of the decision for reconsideration under Schedule 1.

Refusal to be medically examinedN.I.

116.  The scheme manager may make a decision under this Chapter on such evidence and medical advice as the scheme manager thinks necessary if—

(a)a question as to the medically unfitness of a member of the police service is referred to a selected medical practitioner for decision; and

(b)the member wilfully or negligently fails to submit to any medical examination or to attend any interviews that the selected medical practitioner considers necessary in order to make a decision.

Decision of scheme manager void if appeal against decision of selected medical practitioner is successfulN.I.

117.  A decision of the scheme manager under this Chapter is void if—

(a)the selected medical practitioner decides that —

(i)the member is permanently medically unfit for performing the ordinary duties of a member of the police service;

(ii)the member is permanently medically unfit for engaging in any regular employment; or

(iii)the member has brought about or substantially contributed to the medical unfitness by the member's own default;

(b)the member appeals under Schedule 1 against the decision of the selected medical practitioner; and

(c)the Independent Medical Referee decides that

(i)the member is not so permanently medically unfit; or

(ii)the member did not bring about or substantially contribute to the medical unfitness by the member's own default.

CHAPTER 6N.I.Payment options

Options under this ChapterN.I.

118.  The options under this Chapter are—

(a)the option under regulation 120 to buy out the early payment reduction;

(b)the option under regulation 121 to defer payment of a retirement added pension;

(c)the option under regulation 122 (option to commute part of pension) to exchange part of a full retirement pension or ill-health pension for a lump sum;

(d)the option under regulation 130 to exchange the whole of the members' accrued pensions for a lump sum.

Exercising an option under this ChapterN.I.

119.—(1) A member may exercise an option under this Chapter by written notice to the scheme manager in any form the scheme manager requires.

(2) In this Chapter, “option notice” means a notice by which a member exercises an option under this Chapter.

Option to buy out early payment reductionN.I.

120.—(1) This regulation applies if a member of this scheme claims payment of a full retirement pension under Chapter 2 (full retirement benefits) and—

(a)if the member is an active member, the member has not reached normal pension age under this scheme; or

(b)if the member is a deferred member, the member has not reached the member's state pension age.

(2) The member may opt under this regulation to buy out the early payment reduction that would otherwise apply to the calculation of the annual rate of full retirement pension.

(3) The cost must be met by way of a special payment to this scheme made by the member.

(4) The cost of buying out the early payment reduction is an amount determined by the scheme manager in accordance with actuarial guidance.

(5) Any special payment made by a member must be made in accordance with the requirements of the scheme manager.

Option to defer payment of retirement added pensionN.I.

121.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a member of this scheme who, on or after reaching normal pension age under this scheme, becomes entitled to the payment for life of a retirement added pension of any description.

(2) The member may opt under this regulation to defer payment of the retirement added pension of that description.

(3) A member who exercises the option under this regulation becomes a deferred member of this scheme in respect of the retirement added pension of that description and accordingly—

(a)a deferred member's account must be established under Part 5 (pension accounts); and

(b)the amount of retirement added pension of that description must be specified in the deferred member's account as the provisional amount of deferred added pension of that description.

(4) The member is entitled to payment for life of the retirement added pension of that description when the member claims payment of that pension.

(5) A member may only claim payment of a pension under this regulation by giving at least one month's written notice to the scheme manager.

(6) The notice must specify the date from which payment of the pension is claimed.

(7) The annual rate of retirement added pension is calculated in accordance with regulation 66.

Option to commute part of pensionN.I.

122.—(1) A member who becomes entitled to the payment for life of a full retirement pension or ill-health pension under this scheme may opt under this regulation to exchange part of the pension for a lump sum.

(2) An option under this regulation may only be exercised before the first payment of the pension is made.

(3) If a member exercises the option, for every £1 by which the amount of the member's annual rate of full retirement pension or ill-health pension is reduced, the member must be paid a lump sum of £12.

(4) The lump sum may not be more than 25% of the amount advised by the scheme actuary as representing the cash value of the pension.

(5) A member may not exchange pension for lump sum under this regulation to the extent that it would result in a scheme chargeable payment for the purposes of Part 4 of the 2004 Act (see section 241 of that Act) F13.

(6) If paragraph (7) applies, the member may opt to exchange only so much of the pension that exceeds the guaranteed minimum, multiplied by such factor as is indicated for a person of the member's description in actuarial tables.

(7) This paragraph applies if the member has a guaranteed minimum under section 10 of the 1993 Act F14 in relation to the whole or part of a pension as a result of receipt by this scheme of a transfer payment from another pension scheme in respect of which the member had such a guaranteed minimum.

F13Section 241 was amended by the Finance Act 2006 (c.25) Schedule 21 paragraphs 2 and 9, the Finance Act 2007 (c.11) Schedule 19 paragraphs 1 and 15 and the Finance Act 2011 (c.11) Schedule 16 paragraphs 62 and 74.

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