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

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Amount of pension: survivor of pensioner member

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115.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to the surviving adult dependant of a pensioner member.

(2) Paragraph (3) applies in respect of a pension payable during the initial period if the amount found under that paragraph is greater than the sum of—

(a)the amount payable if this paragraph did not apply; and

(b)the amount of the pensions otherwise payable under Chapter 2.

(3) The rate of pension payable under regulation 112 is equal to the rate of the member’s pension in payment at the time of death.

(4) If paragraph (3) does not apply, the rate of pension payable under regulation 112 is equal to the sum of—

(a)33.75% of the pension to which the member was entitled at the date of death (disregarding any additional pension); and

(b)if the member had made an additional pension election under regulation 54(3)(b) (self and survivor), 37.5% of the amount of the additional pension to which the member was entitled at the date of death.

(5) In calculating the amount of a pension pursuant to paragraph (3) the following must be ignored—

(a)the conversion amount (see paragraph 10 of Schedule 7);

(b)any reduction in the rate of the member’s pension under regulation 102.

(6) In calculating the amount of a pension pursuant to paragraph (4) the following must be ignored—

(a)the conversion amount (see paragraph 10 of Schedule 7);

(b)any actuarial adjustment.

(7) The initial period is—

(a)if the member leaves one or more eligible children who are dependent on the surviving adult dependant, the period of six months starting with the day after the member’s death;

(b)in any other case, the period of three months starting with that day.

(8) For the purposes of paragraph (7), a child born after the member’s death is treated as having been born before it.

(9) Paragraph (10) applies if, pursuant to regulation 94(4), a member who was entitled to an ill health pension at Tier 2 ceases to be entitled to that pension and becomes entitled to an ill-health pension at Tier 1 and the member—

(a)is in further HSC employment and dies before the end of the initial period for the purposes of regulation 94, or

(b)is in further employment that is not HSC employment and dies before the end of a period of one year starting with the day on which the further employment ceased to be an excluded employment for the purposes of that regulation.

(10) The member’s pension referred to in paragraph (3) is the original ill-health pension at Tier 2.

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