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

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75.—(1) A pension credit member is entitled to a pension derived from the member’s pension credit rights (see section 97B of the 1993 Act) if—

(a)the relevant event occurs; and

(b)the member claims payment of the pension.

(2) The relevant event is whichever is the later of the following—

(a)the pension credit member reaches whichever is the later of the age of 65 or state pension age; and

(b)the date on which the pension sharing order or provision under which the member is entitled to the pension credit takes effect.

(3) The pension becomes payable on the occurrence of the relevant event.

(4) The amount of the pension is equal to the member’s pension credit calculated in accordance with regulations under paragraph 5(b) of Schedule 5 to the 1999 Order.

(5) A pension credit member who does not fall within paragraph (2)(a) is entitled to immediate payment of a reduced pension if the member—

(a)has reached normal minimum pension age; and

(b)claims payment of the pension.

(6) The amount of the pension under paragraph (5) is—

(a)the amount calculated pursuant to paragraph (4), less

(b)such amount as the scheme manager determines to be appropriate in consequence of payment of the pension before the pension credit member is within paragraph (2)(a).

(7) For the purposes of making a determination under paragraph (6)(b) the scheme manager must consult the scheme actuary.

(8) A claim under paragraph (1) or (5)—

(a)must be made in writing in such form as the scheme manager requires;

(b)takes effect from the date specified in the claim as the date on which the pension is to become payable.

(9) A pension credit member in relation to whom the relevant event has not occurred is entitled to immediate payment of a pension if, in the opinion of the scheme manager, the pension credit member—

(a)meets the ill health condition in paragraph 1 of Schedule 28 to the 2004 Act;

(b)had previously been engaged in regular employment but is now permanently incapable of engaging in regular employment due to mental or physical infirmity; and

(c)claims payment of the pension.

(10) The amount of the pension under paragraph (9) is calculated as mentioned in paragraph (4).

(11) For the purposes of paragraph (9), the scheme manager may require whatever medical evidence the scheme manager thinks necessary.

(12) A pension sharing order or provision is an order or provision mentioned in Article 25(1) of the 1999 Order(1).

(1)

Article 25(1) was amended by section 261(3) of and paragraph 110 of Schedule 29 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c.33)

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