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The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation Scheme, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Injury Benefits), Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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45.  After regulation 2A (Meaning of practitioner), insert—

Meaning of “average remuneration”

2B.(1) In these Regulations, “average remuneration” means—

(a)in relation to a practitioner to whom the 1995 Regulations apply, the yearly average of such amount as would be, or would have been, that practitioner’s uprated earnings in accordance with paragraph 11(2) of Schedule 2 to those Regulations;

(b)in relation to a practitioner to whom the 2008 Regulations apply, the yearly average of such amount as would be, or would have been, that practitioner’s uprated earnings in accordance with regulation 176(4)(b) of those Regulations;

(c)in relation to a practitioner to whom the 2015 Regulations apply, such amount as would be, or would have been, that person’s yearly average earnings;

(d)in relation to a person other than a practitioner to whom the 1995 Regulations apply, such amount as would be or would have been that person’s final year’s superannuable pay under regulation 3(6) of those Regulations, (assuming, in the case of a person to whom regulation 3(1)(c) applies, that the person was in receipt of the superannuable pay which would, in the opinion of the Department, have been payable if the person were employed whole-time by an employing authority on similar duties);

(e)in relation to a person other than a practitioner to whom the 2008 Regulations apply, such amount as would be or would have been (as the case may be) that person’s reckonable pay under regulation 15 of those Regulations;

(f)in relation to a person other than a practitioner to whom the 2015 Regulations apply, such amount as would be, or would have been, that person’s yearly average earnings.

(2) The yearly average, final year’s superannuable pay and reckonable pay referred to in paragraph (1) are to be calculated as if the person to whom regulation 3(1) applies had retired—

(a)in the case of a person eligible for an allowance under regulation 4(3A) or (3D), on the date on which that person ceased to be employed as a person to whom that regulation 3(1) applies;

(b)in the case of a person eligible for an allowance under regulation 4(4), (4B), (5) or (5D), on the date on which that person’s emoluments were reduced;

(c)in the case of any other person, on the date on which by reason of the injury or disease that person’s employment ceased.

This is subject to paragraphs (3) and (4).

(3) This paragraph applies to a person to whom regulation 3(1)(a) applies who was employed as a senior registrar, registrar, specialist registrar, senior house officer or house officer immediately before—

(a)ceasing to be employed by reason of the injury or disease or as a person to whom that regulation applies, or

(b)the date on which that person’s emoluments were reduced.

(4) In the case of a person to whom paragraph (3) applies, average remuneration shall be increased to the amount which in the opinion of the Department represents the average remuneration of a general medical practitioner or, as the case may be, a general dental practitioner.

(5) In the case of a person to whom the 2015 Regulations apply, and who is a not practitioner, that person’s yearly average earnings are the greater of—

(a)the optimum re-valued pensionable earnings in that person’s HSC employment; and

(b)the annual rate of pay for that employment at the time it ceased.

(6) In the case of a person to whom the 2015 Regulations apply, and who is a practitioner, that person’s yearly average earnings are the average of the annual amounts that would be, or would have been, the person’s re-valued pensionable earnings in respect of practitioner service or service which is treated as practitioner service.

(7) The optimum re-valued pensionable earnings is the re-valued superannuable earnings for the scheme year in the earnings reference period for which the person has the greatest amount of re-valued pensionable earnings.

(8) The annual rate of pay is the sum of—

(a)the annual rate of so much of what was or would have been the person’s pensionable earnings immediately before the pension became or would have become payable as consisted of salary, wages, or other regular payments of a fixed nature, and

(b)so much of any fees and other regular payments not of a fixed nature as—

(i)was payable to the person during the period of 12 months ending with the day the employment ceased, and

(ii)formed, or would have formed, part of the person’s pensionable earnings..

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