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[F1Survivor’s state pension under regulation 15: up-ratingF2F3F4F5N.I.

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17.(1) The rate of a person’s state pension under regulation 15 is to be increased in accordance with the following paragraphs.

(2) In this regulation, a reference to the rate of a person’s state pension is to the rate—

(a)without any reduction under regulations made under section 7(4) (survivor’s pension based on inheritance of additional old state pension) of the Act (in the case of a state pension under section 7 of the Act);

(b)taking into account any reduction under section 14 (pension sharing: reduction in the sharer’s section 4 pension) of the Act (in the case of a state pension under section 4 of the Act); and

(c)without any increase under section 17 of the Act.

(3) The rate of a person’s state pension is increased in accordance with paragraph (4) where—

(a)that rate, when added to the sum of the rate of any state pension to which the person is entitled under section 7 and section 2, 4 or 12 of the Act (entitlement to state pension at various rates), is equal to, or less than, the full rate of the state pension; and

(b)the full rate of the state pension is increased at any time.

(4) Where paragraph (3) applies—

(a)the rate of a person’s state pension is increased by the same percentage as the increase in the full rate; and

(b)that increase of the person’s state pension is to be made at the same time as the increase in the full rate.

(5) The rate of a person’s state pension is increased in accordance with either or both of paragraphs (6) and (7) where—

(a)both—

(i)that rate, when added to the sum of the rate of any state pension to which a person is entitled under section 7 and section 2, 4 or 12 of the Act, exceeds the full rate of the state pension; and

(ii)the sum of the rate of any state pension to which a person is entitled under section 7 and section 2, 4 or 12 of the Act is less than the full rate of the state pension; and

(b)either or both of the following occurs at any time—

(i)the full rate of the state pension is increased;

(ii)an up-rating order comes into operation.

(6) Where paragraph (5)(a) and (b)(i) applies, the rate of a person’s state pension is increased—

(a)by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the shortfall immediately before the full rate of the state pension is increased (“the appropriate percentage” means the percentage by which the full rate is increased); and

(b)at the same time as paragraph (5)(b)(i) applies.

(7) Where paragraph (5)(a) and (b)(ii) applies, the rate of a person’s state pension is increased—

(a)by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the excess immediately before the up-rating order mentioned in paragraph (5)(b)(ii) comes into operation (“the appropriate percentage” means the percentage specified in that up-rating order); and

(b)at the same time as that up-rating order comes into operation.

(8) The rate of a person’s state pension is increased in accordance with paragraph (9) where—

(a)the sum of the rate of any state pension to which a person is entitled under section 7 and section 2, 4 or 12 of the Act is equal to, or higher than, the full rate of the state pension; and

(b)an up-rating order comes into operation at any time.

(9) Where paragraph (8) applies—

(a)the rate of a person’s state pension is increased by the percentage specified in the up-rating order mentioned in paragraph (8)(b); and

(b)that increase of a person’s state pension is to be made at the same time as that up-rating order comes into operation.

(10) In this regulation—

“the excess” means the amount by which the rate of the state pension, when added to the sum of the rate of any state pension to which a person is entitled under section 7 and section 2, 4 or 12 of the Act, exceeds the full rate;

“the shortfall” means the amount by which the sum of the rate of any state pension to which a person is entitled under section 7 and section 2, 4 or 12 of the Act, is less than the full rate;

“up-rating order” means an order under section 132B of the Administration Act (up-rating of transitional state pensions under Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015).]

F21992 c. 7; section 55A was inserted by paragraph 3 of Schedule 6 to the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/3147 (N.I. 11)) and amended by section 37(3) of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 (c .4 (N.I.)) and is amended by paragraph 4 of Schedule 11 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 (c .5 (N.I.))

F3S.I. 1999/3147 (N.I. 11); Articles 21(1) and 45(1) were amended respectively by paragraphs 108 and 112 of Schedule 29 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33) and Article 46 was substituted by section 37(1) of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 and is amended by paragraph 11 of Schedule 11 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

F4See Article 8(b) of S.R. 1999 No. 481

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