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The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation), Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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PART 1Introductory

Citation, commencement and effect

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation), Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.

(2) These Regulations come into operation on 16th March 2015 and shall have effect from 1st April 2014.

PART 2Amendment of the Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

2.  The Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(1) are amended as provided by regulations 3 and 4.

Amendment of regulation 10

3.  For the table in paragraph (1B) of regulation 10 (Contributions by members)(2), substitute—

Scheme Year 2014-2015

Column 1

Superannuable Pay band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £15,4315%
£15,432 to £21,4775.6%
£21,478 to £26,8237.1%
£26,824 to £49,4729.3%
£49,473 to £70,63012.5%
£70,631 to £111,37613.5%
£111,377 to any higher amount14.5%.

Amendment of Schedule 2

4.—(1) Schedule 2 (Medical and dental practitioners) is amended as provided by paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) For Table 2 in sub-paragraph (1A) of paragraph 10 (Contributions to this Section of the scheme)(3), substitute—

Table 2

Scheme Year 2014-15

Column 1

Superannuable Earnings band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £15,4315%
£15,432 to £21,4775.6%
£21,478 to £26,8237.1%
£26,824 to £49,4729.3%
£49,473 to £70,63012.5%
£70,631 to £111,37613.5%
£111,377 to any higher amount14.5%.

(3) In sub-paragraph (6) of paragraph 23 (Accounts and actuarial reports)(4), for “In respect of” to “of any” substitute “Each employing authority must, in respect of each scheme year, provide the Department with a statement of estimated contributions due under regulations 10, 11, 72 and 73A in respect of any”.

PART 3Amendment of the Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

5.  The Health and Social Care (Pension Scheme) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008(5) are amended as provided by regulations 6 to 8.

Amendment of regulation 28

6.  For the table in paragraph (2A) of regulation 28 (Contribution rate for members other than non-GP providers)(6), substitute—

Scheme Year 2014-2015

Column 1

Pensionable Pay band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £15,4315%
£15,432 to £21,4775.6%
£21,478 to £26,8237.1%
£26,824 to £49,4729.3%
£49,473 to £70,63012.5%
£70,631 to £111,37613.5%
£111,377 to any higher amount14.5%.

Amendment of regulation 30

7.  For Table 2 in paragraph (14) of regulation 30 (Contribution rate and determination of pensionable earnings for non-GP providers)(7), substitute—

Table 2

Scheme Year 2014-2015

Column 1

Pensionable Earnings band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £15,4315%
£15,432 to £21,4775.6%
£21,478 to £26,8237.1%
£26,824 to £49,4729.3%
£49,473 to £70,63012.5%
£70,631 to £111,37613.5%
£111,377 to any higher amount14.5%

Amendment of regulation 161

8.  For Table 2 in paragraph (17) of regulation 161 (Members contribution rate)(8), substitute—

Table 2

Scheme Year 2014-2015

Column1

Pensionable Earnings band

Column 2

Contribution percentage rate

Up to £15,4315%
£15,432 to £21,4775.6%
£21,478 to £26,8237.1%
£26,824 to £49,4729.3%
£49,473 to £70,63012.5%
£70,631 to £111,37613.5%
£111,377 to any higher amount14.5%.

Part 4Miscellaneous

Option to persons detrimentally affected by these Regulations

9.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to any benefit which is being paid or may become payable under the regulations amended by these Regulations to or in respect of a person who, having served in an employment or office, service in which qualified the person to participate in the benefits provided under the regulations amended by these Regulations, ceased to serve therein before these Regulations came into operation.

(2) Where, in a case to which this regulation applies, any provision of these Regulations would operate in relation to any person so as to place that person in a worse position than that person would have been if that provision had not applied, that person may elect that the provision shall not apply by giving notice in accordance with paragraph (3).

(3) A notice given pursuant to paragraph (2) shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Department within six months of the coming into operation of these Regulations or such longer period as the Department may allow.

(4) An election pursuant to paragraph (2) shall have effect in relation to the benefit referred to in paragraph (1) only to the extent that such benefit has accrued by virtue of periods of service rendered prior to the cessation referred to in paragraph (1) (or, if there has been more than one such cessation, the last of them before the coming into operation of these Regulations) and in determining entitlement to, and the amount of, the benefit to that extent, such person shall be treated as if that person had never recommenced service at any time after that cessation (or, as the case may be, the last such cessation).

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 12th February 2015

(L.S.)

Peter Toogood

A senior officer of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

The Department of Finance and Personnel consents to the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 12th February 2015

(L.S.)

Emer Morelli

A senior officer of the Department of Finance and Personnel

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