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SECTION 3Transfers in

Right to apply for acceptance transfer value payment

140.—(1) An active member (M) may apply for a transfer value payment to be accepted from—

(a)an appropriate registered occupational pension scheme;

(b)a registered personal pension scheme;

(c)a registered buy-out policy;

(d)a corresponding scheme.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to M’s rights—

(a)under a free-standing AVC scheme to which paragraph (3) applies, or

(b)that are directly attributable to a pension credit.

(3) This paragraph applies to—

(a)a scheme which—

(i)immediately before 6th April 2006 was approved by the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs by virtue of section 591(2)(h) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988(1) (free-standing AVC schemes), and

(ii)became a registered scheme for the purposes of the 2004 Act by virtue of Schedule 36 to that Act, or

(b)a scheme established on or after that date as a registered free-standing AVC scheme.

(4) An appropriate registered occupational pension scheme is a registered occupational pension scheme which is not—

(a)a connected scheme,

(b)a corresponding 1995 scheme, or

(c)a corresponding 2008 scheme.

(5) In paragraph (1), “buy-out policy” means a policy of insurance or annuity contract that is appropriate for the purposes of section 15 of the 1993 Act (extinguishment of liability of scheme for pensions secured by insurance policies or annuity contracts)(2).

(6) In paragraph (4)—

“a corresponding 1995 scheme” is a superannuation scheme provided under section 10 of the Superannuation Act 1972(3) and having effect in England and Wales or Scotland, the provisions of which the Department has determined correspond to the provisions of 1995 Regulations;

“a corresponding 2008 scheme” is a superannuation scheme provided under section 10 of the Superannuation Act 1972 and having effect in England and Wales or Scotland, the provisions of which the Department has determined correspond to the provisions of the 2008 Regulations.

Application procedure

141.—(1) An application under regulation 140—

(a)must be in writing;

(b)must specify the scheme or arrangement from which the transfer value payment is to be made and the anticipated amount of the payment;

(c)must be made before—

(i)the end of the period of one year starting on the day the member (M) becomes eligible to be an active member of this scheme; and

(ii)M attains normal pension age;

(d)if the scheme manager so requires, may be made only if M has requested a statement of entitlement; and

(e)must meet such other conditions as the scheme manager requires.

(2) If the transfer is not a club transfer, a statement of entitlement—

(a)is a statement of the increase to pensionable earnings and the service M will be entitled to count as a result of the transfer if the payment is accepted;

(b)must specify—

(i)the period within which the payment is to be accepted by the scheme manager; and

(ii)the amount of increase to pensionable earnings calculated in accordance with guidance and tables provided by the scheme actuary for the purpose.

(3) If the transfer is a club transfer, a statement of entitlement—

(a)is a statement of the club transfer earned pension; and

(b)must specify—

(i)the period within which the transfer is to be accepted by the scheme manager; and

(ii)the basis on which the club transfer earned pension will be revalued while M is in pensionable service under this scheme.

Acceptance of transfer value payment

142.—(1) The scheme manager may accept an application under regulation 140 from a member (M) unless—

(a)such conditions as the scheme manager requires are not met, or

(b)paragraph (5) applies.

(2) If the transfer is a non-club transfer and the scheme manager accepts the payment, M is entitled—

(a)for the purposes of calculating benefits payable to, or in respect of, M under this scheme, to an increase in M’s pensionable earnings calculated in accordance with regulation 143; and

(b)to be credited with the relevant period of pensionable service in this scheme.

(3) If the payment is a club transfer M is entitled—

(a)to the amount of club transfer earned pension specified in the statement of entitlement, and

(b)to be credited with the relevant period of pensionable service in this scheme.

(4) The relevant period is equal to the period of employment that qualified M for the rights in respect of which the transfer is being made.

(5) This paragraph applies to a non-club transfer if—

(a)it would be applied in whole or in part in respect of M’s or M’s spouse’s entitlement to a guaranteed minimum pension; and

(b)it is less than the amount required for that purpose, as calculated in accordance with guidance and tables prepared by the scheme actuary for the purposes of this paragraph.

Calculation of increase to pensionable earnings

143.—(1) The increase in pensionable earnings that the member (M) is entitled to count under regulation 142 as a result of the transfer is calculated—

(a)in accordance with guidance and tables provided by the scheme actuary for the purpose; and

(b)by reference to any relevant factors as at the date the transfer payment is received by the scheme manager.

(2) The benefits in respect of the transfer payment must be calculated by increasing M’s pensionable earnings for—

(a)the scheme year in which M joined this scheme, or

(b)if the transfer payment is received more than 12 months after the day on which M joined this scheme (the starting day), the scheme year in which the payment is received.

(3) Paragraph (2)(b) does not apply if—

(a)a written statement estimating the increase in pensionable earnings that M would be entitled to count as a result of the transfer was given to M by the scheme manager during the period of 3 months ending 12 months after the starting date; and

(b)the transfer payment is received by the scheme manager before the end of the period of 3 months after the date of the statement.

(4) If the transfer is a club transfer, the club transfer earned pension M is entitled to count is calculated in accordance with the club transfer arrangements.

(5) If the transfer value statement is accepted from a corresponding scheme, the increase in pensionable earnings M is entitled to count is the increase M would be entitled to count if—

(a)M’s employment to which that scheme applied were health service employment in respect of which M was a member of this scheme; and

(b)M’s contributions to that scheme were contributions to this scheme.

Transfer from the 1995 or 2008 Section

144.—(1) This regulation applies to an active member of this scheme (M) who is entitled to require a cash equivalent of M’s rights to be used to acquire rights in this scheme pursuant to —

(a)regulation 59A of the 1995 Section(4), or

(b)regulation 108B or 235B(5) of the 2008 Section.

(2) M may apply to the scheme manager to convert the cash equivalent value into rights under this scheme.

(3) An application under paragraph (2)—

(a)must be in writing in the form provided by the scheme manager for the purpose;

(b)must be made before the end of the period starting with the guarantee date within the meaning of whichever of regulation 59A of the 1995 section, 108B or 235B of the 2008 section applies;

(c)may be made only if M has first been provided with a statement of the pensionable service and increase in pensionable earnings M will be entitled to count under this scheme if the application is accepted;

(d)must meet such other conditions as the scheme manager requires;

(e)is irrevocable.

(4) The statement mentioned in paragraph (3)(c) must inform M of—

(a)the amount of the increase in pensionable earnings that will count under this scheme for the purpose of calculating benefits payable to or in respect M;

(b)the pensionable service that will count under this scheme to determine whether M has 2 years qualifying service for the purposes of regulation 71.

(5) The amount of the increase in pensionable earnings must be calculated in accordance with guidance, tables and other relevant factors provided by the scheme actuary for the purpose.

(6) The pensionable service is equal to the period of employment that qualifies M to the entitlement mentioned in paragraph (1).

(7) If the scheme manager accepts an application under paragraph (2), for the purposes of this scheme—

(a)the period of pensionable service mentioned in paragraph (4)(b) applies for the purpose mentioned in that paragraph;

(b)the amount of the increase in pensionable earnings is credited to M’s active member’s account in the scheme year in which M’s application under paragraph (2) is received.

(8) For the purposes of this regulation, in regulation 140(4), sub-paragraph (a) must be ignored.

Transfers from corresponding 1995 and 2008 schemes

145.—(1) This regulation applies to an active member of this scheme (M) if—

(a)M was formerly a member of a corresponding 1995 scheme or a corresponding 2008 scheme; and

(b)the scheme manager considers that on the notional joining date M would be entitled to require a cash equivalent of M’s rights in that scheme to be used to acquire rights in a corresponding health service scheme if M became a member of the corresponding health service scheme.

(2) M may apply to the scheme manager to convert the cash equivalent value into rights under this scheme.

(3) An application under paragraph (2) must be in such form, provide such information and be made at such time as the scheme manager requires.

(4) The notional joining date in relation to a relevant corresponding scheme is the date M became a member of this scheme.

(5) References to a corresponding 1995 scheme and a corresponding 2008 scheme must be construed in accordance with regulation 140(6).

(1)

Section 591 was repealed by section 326 of, and Part 3 of Schedule 42 to, the Finance Act 2004 (c.12) on 6 April 2006

(3)

1972 c.11. Section 10 has been amended by sections 4(2) and 8(5) and (6) of the Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1990 (c.7), section 190 of, and paragraph 7 of Schedule 8 to, the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (c.48), section 27 of, and paragraphs 6 and 10 of Schedule 8 to, the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 (c.25) and article 108 of S.I. 2001/3649. Functions under section 10 in relation to Scotland were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by article 2 and Schedule 1 of S.I. 1999/1750.

(4)

Regulation 59A was inserted by S.R. 2015 No.121

(5)

Regulations 108B and 235B were inserted by S.R. 2015 No.121

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