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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Lump sum when member dies after pension becomes payable

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F2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (7), and except where a lump sum payment is made under regulation E2(8), if a member dies after a pension under this Section of the scheme becomes payable, a lump sum shall be payable in accordance with regulation F5 (payment of lump sum).

(2) Subject to regulation S5 the lump sum will be equal to 5 times the yearly rate of the member’s pension (less the amount of pension already paid) provided that the maximum payment under this paragraph shall not exceed an amount equal to twice the member’s final year’s pensionable pay less an amount equal to the aggregate of—

(a)the member’s retirement lump sum paid under regulation E13 (lump sum on retirement); and

(b)any lump sum paid to the member under regulation E17 (general option to exchange part of pension for lump sum).

(3) A person who retires from pensionable employment on, or after, 6th April 2006 may give notice to the scheme administrator in accordance with paragraph (4) below that any lump sum payable under this regulation is to be treated as a pension protection lump sum death benefit in accordance with paragraph 14 of Part 2 of Schedule 29 to the 2004 Act.

(4) Such a notice—

(a)shall be given in writing; and

(b)may be revoked in writing at any time.

(5) A lump sum paid under this regulation in respect of a member who became entitled to a pension under regulations E1 to E12 before 6th April 2006, shall be treated as a pension protection lump sum death benefit but regulation T3(7) shall not apply.

(6) If a member who was in receipt of a substitute pension under regulation E5 (further employment after a benefit is paid under regulation E3) dies before the end of the protection period that applies to him under regulation E5(6)(a) or (b), the member’s pension referred to in paragraph (2) means that member’s original upper tier pension.

(7) Where a member referred to in paragraph (1) has attained the age of 75 at the date of the member’s death—

(a)the lump sum referred to in that paragraph ceases to be payable; and

(b)shall instead be converted into an annual pension to be determined and paid in accordance with paragraph (8).

(8) The pension referred to in paragraph (7) shall be—

(a)determined in accordance with guidance and tables provided by the scheme actuary for the purpose of converting the amount of the lump sum into an annual pension;

(b)paid to the person who would otherwise be entitled to receive the lump sum in accordance with regulation F5; and

(c)paid to that person from the day after the member’s death until the fifth anniversary of the day the member’s pension under this Section of the scheme became payable.

(9) If, in accordance with regulation F5, a member has given notice that more than one person is to receive a share of the lump sum, each such person shall receive the same percentage of the annual pension as was specified for that person in the member’s notice.

(10) If, in accordance with regulation F5, the annual pension is to be paid to the member’s personal representatives, they may, as part of the distribution of the member’s estate, give irrevocable notice to the Scottish Ministers—

(a)specifying—

(i)one or more individuals; or

(ii)one incorporated or unincorporated body,

to whom the benefit of the pension under this regulation from the date of receipt of the notice by the Scottish Ministers is to be assigned; and

(b)where two or more individuals are specified, specifying the percentage of the pension payable to each of them,

and the pension (or, as the case may be, the percentage of it specified in respect of the person) may be paid to the person or body, unless paragraph (11) applies.

(11) This paragraph applies if—

(a)the person specified in the notice has died before payment can be made;

(b)payment to the person or body specified in the notice is not, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, reasonably practicable; or

(c)the person to whom the pension (or a specified percentage of the pension) would otherwise be payable has been convicted of an offence specified in regulation T7(2) (loss of rights to benefits) and the Scottish Ministers have directed, as a consequence of that conviction, that the person’s right to a payment in respect of the member’s death is forfeited.

(12) The prohibition on assignment of benefits in regulation T4 (benefits not assignable) shall not apply to an assignation by personal representatives under this regulation.

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