Search Legislation

The Health and Social Care Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

CHAPTER 5Additional pension

Election to pay contributions for additional pension

54.—(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a member of the scheme (M) who—

(a)is in pensionable service under the scheme; and

(b)has not reached normal pension age.

(2) M or, with M’s consent, M’s employing authority may elect to pay contributions for an additional pension in respect of M (“additional pension election”).

(3) An additional pension election may be made in respect of—

(a)an additional (self only) pension; or

(b)an additional (self only) pension and an additional (surviving adult) pension.

(4) M may make an election under this regulation more than once.

(5) In this Chapter the refund period is the period ending one year after the date on which an election under this regulation is accepted.

Annual rate of additional (self only) pension

55.—(1) The annual rate of additional (self only) pension specified in an additional pension election must be a whole number multiple of—

(a)£250; or

(b)such other amount as is determined by the scheme manager.

Lump sum or periodic payments

56.—(1) An employing authority’s additional pension contributions must be made by lump sum.

(2) A member’s additional pension contributions may be paid either by lump sum or by periodic payments.

Making an additional pension election

57.—(1) An additional pension election by a member (M) must be made by written notice to the scheme manager stating whether additional pension contributions are to be paid—

(a)as a lump sum; or

(b)by periodic payments.

(2) An additional pension election by M’s employing authority must be made by written notice to the scheme manager.

(3) A notice under this regulation must be accompanied by a declaration by M that M is in good health.

(4) An additional pension election must not be made at any time when M is absent from work for any reason.

Accepting an additional pension election

58.—(1) The scheme manager may accept an additional pension election by giving written notice to—

(a)the member (M); and

(b)M’s employing authority.

(2) The scheme manager may refuse to accept an election if there are reasonable grounds to believe—

(a)that M is not in good health at the time the election is made; or

(b)in the case of an election where the contributions are to be made by periodic payments, that M’s health is likely to prevent the payment of contributions for the whole of the contributions payment period.

(3) For the purposes of these Regulations, an additional pension election is accepted when M receives notice from the scheme manager.

Determination of contribution payable

59.—(1) The scheme manager must determine the amount to be paid as a lump sum or as a periodic payment.

(2) The amount of the lump sum or periodic payment must be—

(a)not less than the minimum amount; or

(b)an amount which is a multiple of the minimum amount.

(3) In paragraph (3), the minimum amount is the amount that would, in accordance with tables prepared by the scheme actuary for the scheme year in which the contributions are paid, be the amount of contribution required to secure the additional pension specified under regulation 55.

(4) The tables mentioned in paragraph (3)—

(a)may specify different amounts for different descriptions of members; and

(b)may be amended during a scheme year.

(5) An amendment under paragraph (4)(b) has effect—

(a)at the start of the next scheme year; or

(b)such later date as the scheme manager specifies..

Overall limit on extra pension

60.—(1) The scheme manager must not accept an election under regulation 54 from a member (M) in so far as the effect of accepting the election would be to provide M with one or more additional pensions which exceeds or in aggregate exceeds the overall limit.

(2) The overall limit is—

(a)£6,500 for a scheme year ending before 1st April 2016;

(b)for a scheme year beginning on or after that date—

(i)the overall limit of extra pension determined by the Department of Finance and Personnel in respect of that scheme year as published before the start of that scheme year; or

(ii)if no such determination is made, the amount calculated under paragraph (3).

(3) The amount is the amount to which the annual rate of a pension of an amount equal to the overall limit of extra pension for the previous scheme year would have been increased under the Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 if—

(a)that pension were eligible to be so increased; and

(b)the beginning date for that pension were the first day of the previous scheme year.

(4) In determining the value of an extra pension for the purposes of paragraph (1) the scheme manager must include the value by reference to an annual pension of any actuarial reduction buy-out election having effect in relation to M.

(5) A valuation for the purposes of paragraph (4) must have advice of the scheme actuary.

Lump sum contributions: payment of contributions and credit of additional pension

61.—(1) This paragraph applies to a member (M)—

(a)in respect of whom an additional pension election is accepted; and

(b)whose notice of election states that contributions are to be paid by lump sum.

(2) M’s additional pension account is to be credited with an amount equal to the annual rate of additional (self only) pension stated in the notice of election (“the amount of additional pension”) if the lump sum contribution is paid within one month after the additional pension election is accepted.

(3) If the lump sum contribution is not paid within that time an election under regulation 54 is taken not to have been made.

Repayment of lump sum contribution

62.—(1) This regulation applies if a member (M) has paid a lump sum contribution for additional pension.

(2) The lump sum contribution must be refunded if, before the end of the refund period—

(a)M dies;

(b)an ill-health pension becomes payable to M; or

(c)M leaves all pensionable service and M is neither qualified nor re-qualified for retirement benefits in respect of that service.

Periodic contributions

63.—(1) This regulation and regulations 64, 65 and 67 to 70 apply in relation to a member (M)—

(a)in respect of whom an additional pension election is accepted; and

(b)whose notice of election states that contributions are to be paid by periodic payments during the contributions payment period.

(2) M’s employing authority must—

(a)deduct the contributions from M’s pensionable earnings; and

(b)pay them to the scheme manager no later than the 19th day of the month following that in which the earnings were paid to M.

(3) The contributions payment period must—

(a)be a whole number of years;

(b)begin with the pay period in respect of which the first contribution is paid;

(c)be not less than one year nor more than 20 years; and

(d)end before M reaches normal pension age.

(4) If the scheme manager re-determines the amount of the periodic payment during the contributions payment period, the re-determined amount must be repaid from—

(a)the beginning of the next scheme year, or

(b)such later date as the scheme manager determines.

Retirement pension (other than ill-health pension) becomes payable before the end of the contributions payment period

64.—(1) This regulation applies if any of the following retirement pensions becomes payable to M before the end of the contributions payment period—

(a)a partial retirement pension (if M has elected to receive additional pension with it);

(b)a premature retirement pension;

(c)an early retirement pension.

(2) If this regulation applies—

(a)periodic payments for additional pension cease to be payable on the entitlement day for that pension; and

(b)the amount of accrued additional pension as at the day M leaves the pensionable service concerned is an amount determined by the scheme manager, having regard to—

(i)the period over which the contributions were paid; and

(ii)the length of the contribution payment period.

Revoking an additional pension election (periodic payments)

65.—(1) A member (M) may revoke an additional pension election at any time before the end of the contributions payment period.

(2) A revocation must be by notice in writing to—

(a)the scheme manager; and

(b)M’s employing authority.

(3) A revocation has effect from the start of M’s next pay period (“date of revocation”).

(4) On the date of revocation under paragraph (1)—

(a)periodic payments for additional pension under the election cease to be payable; and

(b)the amount of accrued additional pension as at that date is an amount determined by the scheme manager.

(5) The scheme manager may revoke the election if there are reasonable grounds for believing—

(a)that M’s health will prevent M from paying contributions for the whole of the contributions payment period;

(b)that M was aware of the state of M’s health at the time of making the declaration under regulation 57(3); and

(c)that M failed to disclose the state of M’s health in the declaration.

(6) A revocation under paragraph (5) must be given to M by notice in writing.

(7) If the scheme manager revokes an election under paragraph (5)—

(a)periodic payments for additional pension under the election cease to be payable; and

(b)payments made by M before the date of revocation must be returned to M or, if M is deceased, M’s representatives.

Revocation of election by scheme manager (lump sum)

66.—(1) The scheme manager may revoke an additional pension election made by a member (M) where the contribution was paid by lump sum if the scheme manager has reasonable grounds for believing that—

(a)at the time the declaration under regulation 57(3) was made M was aware that the state of M’s health was such that not less than 12 months after the election it was reasonable to assume that M would become entitled to an ill health pension or M’s survivors would become entitled to a pension under Part 6; and

(b)M failed to disclose the state of M’s health at the time of making the declaration.

(2) If the scheme manager revokes an election under paragraph (1), the scheme manager must repay the lump sum—

(a)if the lump sum was paid by M, to M, or if M is deceased, to M’s representatives;

(b)if the lump sum was paid by M’s employing authority, to the employing authority.

Effect of being absent or leaving and rejoining scheme during contributions payment period

67.—(1) This paragraph applies if, during the contributions payment period, a member (M) who has made an election under regulation 54—

(a)is absent from work because of illness or injury;

(b)is on maternity leave;

(c)is on adoption leave;

(d)is on paternity leave;

(e)is on parental leave; or

(f)is within regulation 21(4) or (6).

(2) If paragraph (1) applies—

(a)the contributions payable under regulation 63 continue to be payable unless M ceases paying basic contributions;

(b)M may continue to pay contributions under regulation 63 only if—

(i)M ceases to pay basic contributions; but

(ii)resumes paying basic contributions before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which M first ceased to pay basic contributions.

(3) This paragraph applies if—

(a)a member (M) has made an election under regulation 54;

(b)M ceases to be an active member during the contributions payment period; and

(c)before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which M ceased to be an active member, M becomes an active member again.

(4) If paragraph (3) applies, M may continue to make contributions in accordance with the election unless a repayment of contributions has been made to M under regulation 39.

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (4) it is immaterial whether M has paid any repaid contributions back to the scheme manager.

(6) In this regulation “basic contributions” means contributions payable under regulation 30 or 31.

Death in service before end of contributions payment period

68.—(1) This regulation applies on the death of a member (D)—

(a)whose additional pension election is for an additional (self only) pension and an additional (surviving adult) pension; and

(b)who dies while an active member before the end of the contributions payment period for that election.

(2) If D dies before the end of the refund period—

(a)the amount of contributions paid by D must be refunded to D’s representatives;

(b)the amount of lump sum paid by D’s employing authority must be repaid to the employing authority; and

(c)the additional pension account must be closed.

(3) If D dies after the end of the refund period—

(a)the periodic payments cease to be payable as at the date of D’s death; and

(b)paragraph (4) applies.

(4) For the purpose of calculating a survivor’s pension—

(a)if the scheme manager believes that the declaration that accompanied the additional pension election was made in good faith—

(i)the periodic payments under the additional pension election are treated as being paid until the end of the contributions payment period for the election; and

(ii)the amount of accrued additional pension calculated is under paragraph 28 of Schedule 7 as at the date of D’s death.

(b)if the scheme manager has reasonable grounds to believe that declaration was not made in good faith, paragraph (2)(a) to (c) applies.

Ill-health pension becomes payable before end of contributions payment period

69.—(1) This regulation applies if an ill-health pension becomes payable to a member (M) before the end of the contributions payment period for an additional pension election.

(2) If an ill health pension becomes payable to M in consequence of a claim made before the end of the refund period—

(a)any periodic payments that have been made under the election must be repaid to M;

(b)the amount of lump sum paid by M’s employing authority must be repaid to the authority; and

(c)the amount of accrued additional pension attributable to the election as at the last day of pensionable service must be disregarded.

(3) If an ill-health pension becomes payable to M in consequence of a claim made after the end of the refund period—

(a)the periodic payments under the additional pension election are treated as being paid until the end of the contributions payment period for the election.

(b)for the purpose of calculating the annual rate of ill-health pension, the amount of accrued additional pension is—

(i)if the declaration that accompanied the additional pension election was made in good faith, the amount of accrued additional pension calculated under paragraph 28 of Schedule 7 as at the last day of pensionable service; or

(ii)if the declaration was not made in good faith, paragraph (2)(a) to (c) applies.

Effect of part payment of contributions

70.—(1) This regulation applies if—

(a)the full amount of contributions payable by a member (M) under an additional pension election is not paid; and

(b)neither regulation 68(2) nor 69(2) applies.

(2) The amount of the accrued additional pension under paragraph 28(3) of Schedule 7 is the appropriate portion of the amount of accrued additional pension if the full amount of contributions had been paid.

(3) In the case of an election under regulation 54(3)(b), the amount of the accrued additional pension under Part 6 in respect of M is the appropriate proportion of the amount had the full amount of contributions been paid.

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), the appropriate proportion is calculated in accordance with such method as the scheme actuary determines and specifies in guidance given to the scheme manager.

(5) In making a determination under paragraph (4), the scheme actuary must have regard to—

(a)the proportion that the total contributions paid bears to the full amount of contributions due to be paid under the election for the full contributions payment period; and

(b)the requirements of Chapter 1 of Part 4 of the 1993 Act relating to the preservation of benefits under occupational pension schemes.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

You have chosen to open The Whole Rule

The Whole Rule you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open The Whole Rule as a PDF

The Whole Rule you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download.

Would you like to continue?

You have chosen to open the Whole Rule

The Whole Rule you have selected contains over 200 provisions and might take some time to download. You may also experience some issues with your browser, such as an alert box that a script is taking a long time to run.

Would you like to continue?

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Explanatory Memorandum

Explanatory Memorandum sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Statutory Rule and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Statutory Rule accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Northern Ireland Statutory Rule or Draft Northern Ireland Statutory Rule laid before the UK Parliament during the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources