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The Police Pensions (Scotland) Regulations 2007

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PART 5PURCHASE OF INCREASED BENEFITS

Election to purchase increased benefits

56.—(1) This paragraph applies to a regular police officer by whom contributions are for the time being payable under regulation 7.

(2) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, a police officer to whom paragraph (1) applies may at any time, for the purpose of reckoning additional pensionable service (“added years”) in calculating the awards payable to, or in respect of, that officer under Part 4, elect to make payment to the police authority in accordance with the following provisions of this Part.

(3) Such an election is to be made by giving written notice to the police authority for the force in which the officer in question is serving, and that notice is to specify–

(a)the number of added years to be purchased;

(b)the date, no earlier than that on which the officer will attain the age of 55 years nor later than that on which that officer could be required to retire under regulation 19(1) or (2) if the officer continued to serve without change of rank, when that officer wishes the added years so purchased to become reckonable for the purpose of calculating awards; and

(c)whether payment is to be made by way of a lump sum in accordance with regulation 58 or periodical contributions in accordance with regulation 59.

(4) The total number of added years that may be purchased in accordance with regulations 58 and 59 by virtue of such an election shall not exceed 5 or such lesser number as would entitle the officer, if that officer were to serve continuously as a full-time member of the force from the date of the officer’s election under paragraph (2) until the date specified in accordance with paragraph (3)(b), to reckon a total of 35 years' pensionable service as at the date so specified.

(5) A pension debit member may not replace any rights debited to that officer as a consequence of a pension sharing order with any rights which that officer would not have been able to acquire (in addition to the debited rights) had the order not been made.

Acceptance and effect of elections

57.—(1) The police authority may refuse to accept an election to make payment by periodical contributions unless the regular police officer in question has undergone a medical examination and satisfied the authority as to the officer’s good health; and any fee payable in respect of that examination shall be paid by that officer.

(2) An election made under regulation 56(2) to purchase added years by way of periodical contributions shall take effect from the date on which the periodical contributions commence in accordance with regulation 59(1).

(3) Subject to regulation 59(4), an election under regulation 56(2) shall be irrevocable, save that where the police authority are satisfied that the payment of periodical contributions in accordance with such an election is causing, or is likely to cause, financial hardship they may consent to the discontinuance of such contributions for such period as they think fit.

(4) When a regular police officer who has made an election under regulation 56(2) has not retired by the date specified in the notice of election in accordance with regulation 56(3)(b), then, notwithstanding that the officer may derive no benefit from the officer’s election, the officer’s liability to make payment in accordance with the following provisions of this Part shall not be affected and the officer shall not be entitled to the repayment of any lump sum or contribution so paid.

Lump sum payments

58.—(1) A regular police officer to whom regulation 56(1) applies may, within 12 months of the date when the officer last began to serve as such, elect under that regulation to make payment by a lump sum of such amount calculated by the police authority, in accordance with tables prepared by the Scheme actuary, as is necessary to purchase the added years specified in the notice of election.

(2) A lump sum payment under this regulation shall be made within 3 months of the date on which the notice of election is given and, if it is not so made, the election shall be deemed for the purposes of these Regulations never to have been made.

(3) A sum held in another pension scheme may not be used to purchase added years under this regulation.

Payment by periodical contributions

59.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, where a regular police officer elects to make payment under this regulation, the periodical contributions shall be made as from the date of the officer’s birthday falling within the year beginning with the date of the officer’s election and shall continue, subject to any discontinuance on the ground of financial hardship in accordance with regulation 57(3), until the date–

(a)specified in the notice of election in accordance with regulation 56(3)(b);

(b)on which any election made by the officer under regulation 9 takes effect;

(c)on which the officer retires under regulation 18, 19 or 20, as the case may be, or otherwise ceases to serve as a regular police officer; or

(d)subject to paragraph (7), on which the officer retires under regulation 21,

whichever is the earliest.

(2) All contributions under this regulation shall be deducted by the police authority from the pay of the officer concerned.

(3) Such contributions shall be of such amount, calculated by the police authority in accordance with tables prepared by the Scheme actuary, as is necessary to purchase the added years specified in the notice of election:

Provided that in a case where the officer makes an election to pay by periodical contributions while the officer is in part-time service, the officer shall specify whether–

(i)the payments payable by the officer shall be calculated as if the officer were in full-time service and the officer’s pensionable pay were the amount that would be the officer’s pensionable pay if the officer were in such service; or

(ii)those payments are to be payable in accordance with paragraph (6).

(4) An officer who made an election under regulation 56(2) at a time when the officer was a full-time member of the police force and has subsequently begun to serve on a part-time basis may vary that election within the period of 3 months from the date on which the officer began to serve on a part-time basis.

(5) Variation of an election in accordance with paragraph (4) shall be made by giving written notice to the police authority specifying that the police officer in part-time service concerned wishes the payments payable by the officer to be payable in accordance with paragraph (6) and takes effect on the date of that notice.

(6) Where a regular police officer who is in part-time service–

(a)makes an election under regulation 56(2); or

(b)varies such an election in accordance with paragraphs (4) and (5),

specifying that the payments which are payable by the officer are to be payable in accordance with this paragraph, then the payments payable by the officer by periodical payments shall be payable at the same percentage of the officer’s pay as if the officer were in full-time service.

(7) In a case of a regular police officer who has retired with an entitlement to an ill-health pension but has subsequently rejoined the officer’s former police force or joined another police force in accordance with regulation 51, the officer’s periodical contributions shall again become payable as provided by paragraph (1).

(8) A sum held in another pension scheme may not be used to purchase added years under this regulation.

Reckoning of increased benefits

60.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, for the purposes of calculating any award under Part 4 to or in respect of a regular police officer, added years purchased in pursuance of an election under regulation 56(2) shall be reckonable in the same way as other pensionable service reckonable by the officer.

(2) Subject to regulation 58(2), in a case where a regular police officer elects under regulation 56(3) to make payments by way of a lump sum, the officer shall be entitled to reckon the number of added years specified in the officer’s notice of election under regulation 56(3)(a).

(3) In a case where a regular police officer elects under regulation 56(3)(c) to make payments by way of periodical contributions, the officer shall be entitled to reckon the number of added years determined in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(4) Unless a regular police officer is in part-time service and has elected to pay contributions at the same percentage of the officer’s pensionable pay as if the officer were in full-time service as in regulation 59(6), in a case where the periodical contributions continue in payment until the date specified in the notice of election, the officer will be entitled to reckon the number of added years specified in their notice of election under regulation 56(3)(a).

(5) This paragraph applies where a regular police officer has commenced payment of periodical contributions in accordance with an election under regulation 56(2) and dies in service or retires with an entitlement to an ill-health pension under regulation 29.

(6) In a case in which paragraph (5) applies, the officer concerned shall, subject to paragraph (8), be entitled to reckon all the added years specified in the officer’s notice of election under regulation 56(3)(a) save that where–

(a)the officer had discontinued payment of periodical contributions on grounds of financial hardship under regulation 57(3) or;

(b)the officer were an officer with part-time service and had elected to pay contributions at the same percentage of the officer’s pensionable pay as if the officer were in full-time service as in regulation 59(6),

the officer shall be entitled to reckon a proportion of such benefits, determined in accordance with the formula set out in paragraph (7).

(7) The formula referred to in paragraph (6) is–

where–

  • AY is the number of added years specified in the notice of election in accordance with regulation 56(3)(a);

  • PM is the aggregate length of the periods during which periodical contributions were made calculated in accordance with paragraph (13) where applicable; and

  • PD is the length of the period beginning with the date on which the election under regulation 56(2) took effect and ending on the date on which the officer concerned died or retired on the ground of disablement, as the case may be.

(8) In a case in which the officer concerned retired with–

(a)an entitlement to a standard ill-health pension and that entitlement ceases in accordance with regulation 51; or

(b)an entitlement to an enhanced top-up ill-health pension and that entitlement ceases in accordance with regulation 51 in circumstances where the officer does not then remain entitled to a standard ill-health pension under paragraph (8)(c) of that regulation,

then (whether or not the officer rejoins the officer’s former police force or joins another police force), the officer’s entitlement under paragraph (6) to reckon all or a proportion of the number of added years specified in the officer’s notice of election under regulation 56(3)(a) shall cease, but for the purposes of this regulation the officer will be deemed to have made the periodical contributions which, but for the officer’s retirement, would have fallen due during the period of that retirement:

Provided that where at the time of the officer’s retirement on the ground of disablement the officer was entitled to reckon the proportion of the added years which the officer elected to purchase given in paragraph (7) the officer shall be deemed to have made a proportion of such periodical contributions, determined in accordance with the formula set out in paragraph (9).

(9) The formula referred to in paragraph (8) is–

where

  • PN is the length of the period beginning with the date on which the officer retired on the ground of disablement and ending on the date on which entitlement to the ill-health pension in question ceased, and PM and PD have the same meanings as in paragraph (7).

(10) This paragraph applies to a regular police officer in respect of whom–

(a)periodical contributions continue to be payable until the date specified in the notice of election, but had been discontinued for a period on the grounds of financial hardship under regulation 57(3), whether or not they were so discontinued at the date specified in the notice of election;

(b)periodical payments continue to be payable until the date specified in the notice of election, but the officer is an officer in part-time service and has elected to pay contributions payable at the same percentage of the officer’s pensionable pay as if the officer were in full-time service as in regulation 59(6);

(c)periodical contributions ceased in accordance with regulation 59(1)(b) on the date on which any election made by the officer under regulation 9 takes effect; or

(d)periodical contributions ceased in accordance with regulation 59(1)(c) on the date on which the officer retired under regulation 18, 19 or 20, as the case may be, or otherwise ceased to serve as a regular police officer.

(11) In a case in which paragraph (10) applies, the officer shall be entitled to reckon a proportion of the number of added years specified in the officer’s notice of election under regulation 56(3)(a), determined in accordance with the formula set out in paragraph (12).

(12) The formula referred to in paragraph (11) is–

where–

  • AY is the number of added years specified in the notice of election with regulation 56(3)(a);

  • PM is the aggregate length in years of the period during which periodical contributions were paid, or deemed to have been paid, subject to paragraph (13); and

  • PE is the length of the period beginning with the date on which the election under regulation 56(2) took effect and ending on the date specified in the notice of election in accordance with regulation 56(3)(b).

(13) In the case of a police officer with part-time service who elected to pay contributions at the same percentage of that officer’s pensionable pay as if the officer were in full-time service as in regulation 59(6), the number of days for which the officer is deemed to have paid periodical contributions during a period of part-time service is calculated by the application of the fraction specified in regulation 14(1).

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