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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 F1.

(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.

F1See 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.

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