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Regulation 2

SCHEDULE 1AMENDMENT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DISCRETIONARY PAYMENTS AND INJURY BENEFITS) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 1998

Amendments to Part III: Compensation for Premature Retirement

1.  In regulation 5 (interpretation of Part III)–

(a)in paragraph (2)(c)(ii) after “married” insert “or formed a civil partnership with”; and

(b)after paragraph (2) insert–

(2A) In paragraph (2)(c)(iii) a family includes a family resulting from the formation of a civil partnership..

2.  For the italicised heading relating to regulations 20 and 21 substitute–

Awards to surviving spouses or civil partners.

3.  Regulation 20(1) (entitlement to surviving spouse’s short-term and long-term compensation) is amended in accordance with paragraphs 4 to 9.

4.  In the heading after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

5.  In paragraph (1)–

(a)for “a spouse or spouses” substitute “a spouse, spouses or a civil partner”; and

(b)for “(surviving spouses' pensions)” substitute “(surviving spouses' or civil partners' pensions)”.

6.  In paragraph (2)–

(a)after “surviving spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)after “surviving spouse's”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner's”.

7.  In paragraph (3)–

(a)after “marriage” insert “or formation of the civil partnership”;

(b)after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”; and

(c)after “surviving spouse's”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or “civil partner's”.

8.  In paragraph (4)–

(a)after “surviving spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (a) after “marriage”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partnership”; and

(c)in sub-paragraph (b)–

(i)after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”; and

(ii)after “marriage” insert “, civil partnership”.

9.  For paragraph (5) substitute–

(5) Where two persons referred to in paragraph (5A), each of whom is entitled to short-term or long-term compensation under this regulation, marry each other, form a civil partnership or begin to live with each other as if they were husband and wife or as if they were civil partners–

(a)only such one of them as they may determine shall be so entitled; and

(b)the other shall cease to be so entitled until the end of the marriage, civil partnership or period of cohabitation.

(5A) Those persons are–

(a)a widower,

(b)a widow, or

(c)a surviving civil partner

of any eligible person who ceased employment before 1st April 1998.

(5B) For the purposes of this regulation, two people of the same sex are to be regarded as living together as if they were civil partners if they would be regarded as living together as husband and wife if they were not of the same sex..

10.  Regulation 21(2) (amount of surviving spouse’s short term and long term compensation) is amended in accordance with paragraphs 11 to 15.

11.  In the heading, after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

12.  In paragraph (1) after “Surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

13.  In paragraph (2) after “Surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

14.  In paragraph (4)–

(a)after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

15.  In paragraph (5) after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

16.  In regulation 22(3)(3) (entitlement to children’s short-term compensation)–

(a)after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”; and

(b)after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

17.  In regulation 25(2)(4) (amount of children’s long term compensation)–

(a)after “surviving spouse”, in the three places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

Amendments to Part V: Injury Allowances etc.

18.  Regulation 42 (death benefits) is amended in accordance with paragraphs 19 to 23.

19.  In paragraph (1)(b)(i) omit “and”.

20.  After paragraph (1)(b)(i) insert–

(ia)subject to paragraph (2), if the deceased leaves a surviving civil partner, the surviving civil partner shall be entitled to an annual allowance or lump sum; and.

21.  In paragraph (2)–

(a)after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)after “marriage” insert “or civil partnership”.

22.  In paragraph (4) for the words from “an allowance” to “that marriage is dissolved” substitute “an allowance to a surviving spouse or civil partner shall cease if he marries, forms a civil partnership or cohabits with another person outside of marriage or civil partnership; but if that marriage or civil partnership is dissolved”.

23.  For paragraph (5) substitute–

(5) Where the person whom the surviving spouse or civil partner marries, or with whom he forms a civil partnership or lives as if they were husband and wife or as if they were civil partners, is also a surviving spouse or civil partner entitled to an allowance under this regulation, they may determine which of them is to be entitled to the allowance and the other shall cease to be entitled to it until the dissolution of the marriage, civil partnership or, as the case may be, the ending of the cohabitation.

(5A) For the purposes of this regulation, two people of the same sex are to be regarded as living together as if they were civil partners if they would be regarded as living together as husband and wife if they were not of the same sex..

Amendments to Part VI: Gratuities as Respects Non-Pensionable Service

24.  In regulation 46(1)(5) (death in service gratuities) after “spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

25.  In regulation 47(4)(6) (retirement gratuities) after “spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

26.  In regulation 48(7) (redundancy gratuities)–

(a)in paragraph (3) after “spouse” insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)in paragraph (4) after “spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 2AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 1998

Amendments to Part II: Primary provisions

1.  In regulation 8(1A)(8) (periods of membership: “total membership”) after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

2.  In regulation 18(2)(b) (general qualification for benefits) after “surviving spouse's”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner's”.

3.  In regulation 20(4)(9) (final pay) after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

4.  In regulation 32(1) (surrenders of pension) after “spouse” insert “, civil partner”.

5.  In regulation 37(4) (death grants) after “marriage” insert “or on the formation of the member’s subsequent civil partnership”.

6.  For the italicised heading relating to regulations 39 to 42 substitute–

Surviving spouses' or civil partners' pensions.

7.  Regulation 39 (surviving spouse’s short term pension) is amended in accordance with paragraphs 8 to 11.

8.  In the heading after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

9.  In paragraph (1) after “spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner”.

10.  In paragraph (3) after “spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

11.  In the heading to regulation 40 (surviving spouse’s long term pension) after “Surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

12.  In regulation 40(1)–

(a)after “spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)after “spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

13.  In the heading to regulation 41 (reduction of some surviving spouses' pensions) after “surviving spouses'” insert “or civil partners'”.

14.  After regulation 41(3) insert–

(3A) Except in the case of a short-term pension payable to the surviving civil partner of an active member, the pension to which a surviving civil partner is entitled under regulation 39 or 40 (surviving spouse’s or civil partner’s short-term or long-term pension) is calculated as if the member’s retirement pension were only so much of his actual pension as is attributable to his membership after 5th April 1988.

(3B) For the purpose of paragraph (3A) relevant additional membership counts as membership after 5th April 1988..

15.  In the heading to regulation 42 (surviving spouse’s guaranteed minimum pension) after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

16.  In regulation 42(1) after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

17.  In regulation 44 (children’s short term pensions)–

(a)in paragraph (2) after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)in paragraph (6)(10)–

(i)after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”; and

(ii)after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

18.  In regulation 45(9) (children’s long term pensions) after “surviving spouse's”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner's”.

19.  In regulation 48 (commutation: small pensions) –

(a)in paragraph (2) after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)in paragraph (6) after “spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “or civil partner”.

Amendments to Part IV: Administration

20.  In regulation 87(2) (exclusion of rights to return of contributions) after “spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

21.  In regulation 98(2)(b) (appointment of persons to resolve disputes) after “widower” insert “, surviving civil partner”.

22.  In regulation 99(2)(a) (right to apply for an appointed person to decide a disagreement) after “widower” insert “, surviving civil partner”.

23.  In regulation 114(1) (protection of guaranteed minimum pension rights) for “widow’s or widower's” substitute “widow's, widower’s or surviving civil partner's”.

24.  In regulation 115(5)(b) (transfer of sums from the pension fund to compensate for former member’s misconduct) after “spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

25.  In regulation 118(5)(a) (contracting-out requirements affecting transfers out) after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

26.  In regulation 123(2)(c) (rights as to service not matched by credited period) after “surviving spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

27.  In regulation 125(1) (Community scheme transferees) after “spouses” insert “or civil partners”.

Amendments to Part VI: Pension Sharing

28.  In regulation 139(2)(11) (pension sharing mechanism in the Scheme) after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

29.  In regulation 144(12) (discharge of pension credit liability) after “ex spouse”, where it occurs in paragraphs (1), (2) and (4), insert “or ex civil partner”.

30.  In regulation 148(13) (“implementation period” for discharge of pension credit)–

(a)in paragraphs (1)(b)(i) and (2) omit the word “matrimonial”; and

(b)in paragraph (2)(b) after “divorce” insert “, dissolution”.

31.  In regulation 149(14) (failure to discharge liability within implementation period)–

(a)in the heading after “ex spouse” insert “or ex civil partner”; and

(b)in paragraph (5) after “ex spouse” insert “or ex civil partner”.

32.  In regulation 156(4)(15) (charges in respect of pension sharing costs) for “the member or his spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, substitute “the member, his spouse or his civil partner”.

Amendments to Schedules 1 and 1A: Interpretation

33.  In the definition of “guaranteed minimum” in Schedule 1 for “widows and widowers” substitute “widows, widowers and surviving civil partners”.

34.  In Schedule 1A–

(a)after the definition of “contracted out rights” insert–

“ex civil partner” means a former civil partner to whom pension credit rights under the Scheme have been or are to be allocated following a pension sharing order;; and

(b)in the definition of “ex spouse” for “individual” substitute “former spouse”.

Amendments to Schedule 4: Revenue Restrictions

35.  In Schedule 4 (revenue restrictions)–

(a)in paragraph 2(12) after “surviving spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “, civil partner”;

(b)in paragraph 2(13) after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”;

(c)in paragraph 4(8) after “surviving spouse”, in both places in which it occurs, insert “, civil partner”; and

(d)in paragraph 4(9) after “surviving spouse” insert “or civil partner”.

Regulation 4

SCHEDULE 3AMENDMENTS TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME (TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 1998

1.  After regulation 4 (deferred members and pensioners: general) insert–

Deferred members and pensioners: civil partners

4A.(1) Where a person who immediately before the commencement date was a deferred member or a pensioner member and does not on or after that date become an active member (“the member”) forms a civil partnership–

(a)the member’s civil partner shall be treated for the purpose of regulation 4(2)(b) as a person who is or may become entitled to any benefit under the Scheme in respect of the member; and

(b)subject to paragraph (2), the saved provisions shall entitle the civil partner to such benefits as would, if the member had been married, have been payable to the member’s spouse.

(2) For the purpose of calculating the benefit to which the civil partner is entitled under paragraph (1) account shall only be taken of the member’s membership after 5th April 1988.

(3) For the purpose of paragraph (2) any period referred to in regulation E6(3A) of the 1987 Regulations(16) also counts as membership after 5th April 1988..

2.  In regulation 23(1) (Community scheme transferees) after “surviving spouses” insert “or civil partners”.

(1)

Regulation 20 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4 and S.S.I. 2000/77, regulation 5.

(2)

Regulation 21 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

(3)

Regulation 22 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

(4)

Regulation 23 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

(5)

Regulation 46 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

(6)

Regulation 47 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

(7)

Regulation 48 was amended by S.I. 1998/364, Schedule 3, paragraph 4.

(8)

Regulation 8 was amended by S.S.I. 2000/199, regulation 11.

(9)

Regulation 20 was amended by S.S.I. 2000/199, regulation 18.

(10)

Regulation 44(6) was amended by S.S.I. 2000/199, regulation 26.

(11)

Regulation 139 was inserted by S.S.I. 2001/23, regulation 4.

(12)

Regulation 144 was inserted by S.S.I. 2001/23, regulation 4.

(13)

Regulation 148 was inserted by S.S.I. 2001/23, regulation 4.

(14)

Regulation 149 was inserted by S.S.I. 2001/23, regulation 4.

(15)

Regulation 156 was inserted by S.S.I. 2001/23, regulation 4.

(16)

S.I. 1987/1850; amended by S.I. 1993/1593 and other amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

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