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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Contributions and other payments by employing authorities

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D2.  (1)  Each employing authority must contribute to the scheme, in respect of the pensionable pay of each member in pensionable employment with the authority, at the rate determined by the Scottish Ministers and specified in paragraph (4) (“the employer’s standard rate”).

(2) The employer’s standard rate must include the cost of providing any increases in pensions which are payable by virtue of Part 1 of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971(1).

(3) In determining the employer’s standard rate, the Scottish Ministers must take the advice of the scheme actuary and obtain the Treasury’s consent.

(4) The employer’s standard rate is 13.5 per cent.

(5) Where, on leaving NHS employment, a pension becomes payable to a member under regulation E6 (early retirement pension (redundancy etc)) or regulation E7 (Redundancy etc new starters and post-transition) the employing authority must make additional payments to the Scottish Ministers in respect of—

(a)the cost of providing the pension under regulations E6 (including any amount of pension that is exchanged for a lump sum under regulation E17) or E7 for the period between the member’s leaving NHS employment and reaching age 60 or, in the case of a member who is a special class officer in respect of whom regulation R2 (nurses, physiotherapists, midwives and health visitors) or regulation R3 (mental health officers) applies, the age of 55;

(b)the cost of providing, under regulation R6 (members entitled to fees for domiciliary consultations), any benefit that supplements the pension referred to in sub-paragraph (a) above for the period referred to in that sub-paragraph;

(c)the cost of providing compensation under regulations 4(1) (payment of compensation), 8(1) (compensation payable to widow, widower, surviving civil partner or dependants) or 9 (compensation where lump sum on death becomes payable) of the National Health Service (Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Regulations 2003(2);

(d)the cost of providing any increase under Part I of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971(3) in the rate of the benefits referred to in sub-paragraphs (a) to (c) above but in the case of the benefits referred to in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) above which has not been contributed pursuant to paragraph (1), only for the periods referred to in those sub-paragraphs; and

(e)the additional cost attributable to the early payment of the lump sum under regulation E13, such cost being determined by the Scottish Ministers on the advice of the scheme actuary,

and where, on such a pension becoming payable, a pension also becomes payable to the member in respect of pensionable service with one or more other employing authorities, the employing authority in relation to whom the redundancy arose or by whom the consent to early retirement pension was given shall be responsible for making additional payments in accordance with this paragraph in respect of all such pensionable service.

(6) Any contributions that are payable under paragraph (1) shall be paid to the Scottish Ministers on the same day as the member’s contributions under regulation D1(28).

(7) Any additional payments that are due to the Scottish Ministers under paragraph (5) shall be made—

(a)by way of additional payments which shall be paid before the end of the quarter following the quarter in which the benefits in question were provided; or

(b)if the Scottish Ministers agree, by—

(i)a single payment of an amount determined by the Scottish Ministers, on the advice of the scheme actuary, made within one month of the date on which the pension under regulation E6 or E7 became payable; or

(ii)not more than 5 equal annual instalments each of an amount determined by the Scottish Ministers, on the advice of the scheme actuary, the first of which to be made within one month of the date on which the pension under regulation E6 became payable and the others to be paid by 31st October in each of the following 4 financial years.

(8) An employing authority making quarterly additional payments in accordance with paragraph (7)(a) may, if the Scottish Ministers agree, discharge that employing authority’s liability under paragraph (5) by making—

(a)a single payment of an amount determined by the Scottish Ministers, on the advice of the scheme actuary, made within one month of the date on which the Scottish Minister’s consent is notified to the employing authority, or

(b)not more than 5 equal annual instalments each of an amount determined by the Scottish Ministers, on the advice of the scheme actuary, the first of which to be made within one month of the date on which the Scottish Minister’s consent is notified to the employing authority and the others to be paid by 31st October in each of the following 4 years.

(9) Where a pension is in payment under regulation 10(1)(a)(iii) of the 1980 Regulations, an employing authority may, if the Scottish Ministers agree, make payment in accordance with paragraph (8)(a) or (b) in respect of payments under paragraph (5)(c) above.

(10) Where an employing authority which is—

(a)a GMS practice;

(b)a section 17C agreement provider;

(c)and HBPMS contractor; or

(d)an OOH provider,

fails to pay or remit contributions in accordance with the provisions of this regulation, the Scottish Ministers may thereafter require that authority to have in force a guarantee, indemnity or bond in a form and amount, and provided by a person approved by the Scottish Ministers, which provides for payment to the Scottish Ministers of all future liabilities of the employing authority under these Regulations or under the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 1998(4) should that authority fail to meet them.

(11) In any particular case the Scottish Ministers may direct that, for the purposes of this regulation, “employing authority” includes—

(a)a successor, transmittee or assignee of an employing authority’s business or functions; and

(b)the last employing authority of a person to whom these Regulations apply.

(1)

1971 c.56 (”the 1971 Act”). Section 2 was replaced by section 59 of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975 (c.60) (“the 1975 Act”) but the 1975 Act provides that section 59 is to have effect as if contained in the 1971 Act.

(2)

S.S.I. 2003/344. Relevant amendments made by S.S.I. 2005/544 and 2008/225.

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