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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 F1, 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.

F1See 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 F2.

(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.

F2See 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.

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