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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Child allowance when member dies in pensionable employment

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H3.—(1) The child allowance payable in the case of a member who dies whilst in pensionable employment and under age 70 will be as described in this regulation.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), if the member dies before 1st April 2008 and regulation T9(4), the allowance will be calculated, as described in whichever of paragraphs (5) to (13) apply, as a proportion of the pension that would have been payable to the member under this Section of the scheme if the member had retired through ill-health with a pension under regulation E2 (early retirement pension (ill-health)) on the day the member died.

(3) If the member dies on or after 1st April 2008 the allowance will be calculated as described in whichever of paragraphs (6) to (9) apply—

(a)as a proportion of the pension that would have been payable to the member under this Section of the scheme if the member retired through ill health and had qualified for an upper tier pension under regulation E3 on the day the member died; or

(b)if greater, the amount that pension would have been if it had been based on 10 years pensionable service.

(4) If the member dies with less than 5 years’ pensionable service, the allowance will be calculated as if the pension described in paragraph (2) were based on the shorter of—

(a)10 years’ pensionable service, and

(b)the pensionable service the member could have completed if the member had stayed in pensionable employment until age 65.

(5) Subject to paragraphs (11) to (14) and regulation H7 if the member dies leaving a dependent child and there is a surviving parent (or spouse or civil partner of a parent), the allowance will be equal to one‑quarter of the pension described in paragraph (2) if there is only one dependent child, and one-half if there are two or more.

(6) Subject to paragraphs (7) to (10), if the member dies leaving a dependent child and there is a surviving parent (or spouse, civil partner or nominated partner of a parent), the allowance will be equal to—

(a)one-quarter of the pension described in paragraph (3) if there is only one dependent child; and

(b)one-half if there are two or more.

(7) If a widow’s, widower’s, surviving civil partner’s or nominated partner’s pension is payable at the rate mentioned in regulation G2(5) (widow’s pension when member dies in pensionable employment), the allowance payable in respect of any dependent child who is dependent on that widow, widower, surviving civil partner or surviving nominated partner will be payable from the day following the member’s death.

(8) If a widow’s, widower’s, surviving civil partner’s or nominated partner’s pension is payable at the rate mentioned in regulation G2(5) but there is a dependent child who is not dependent on that widow, widower, surviving civil partner or surviving nominated partner, the allowance in respect of that child for the first three months after the member’s death will be equal to the rate of member’s pensionable pay when the member died.

(9) If a member dies leaving a dependent child and there is no surviving parent (or spouse, civil partner or nominated partner of a parent), the allowance will be equal to—

(a)one-third of the pension described in paragraph (3) if there is only one dependent child; and

(b)two-thirds if there are two or more,

except that the allowance for the first six months after the member’s death will be equal to the rate of the member’s pensionable pay when the member died.

(10) If the member dies leaving a dependent child and there is a surviving parent (or spouse, civil partner or nominated partner of a parent) but there is no entitlement to a widow’s, widower’s or surviving civil partner’s pension calculated under regulation G2, the allowance will be paid at the rates described in paragraph (9).

(11) If a widow’s, widower’s or surviving civil partner’s pension is payable at the rate mentioned in regulation G2(2), no allowance shall be payable in respect of any dependent child who is dependent on the widow, widower or surviving civil partner until the end of the first six months after the member’s death.

(12) If a widow’s, widower’s or surviving civil partner’s pension is payable at the rate mentioned in regulation G2(2), but there is a dependent child who is not dependent on that widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the allowance is respect of that child for the first three months after the member’s death will be equal to the rate of the member’s pensionable pay when the member died.

(13) If the member dies leaving a dependent child and there is no surviving parent (or spouse or civil partner of a parent), the allowance will be equal to one-third of the pension described in paragraph (2) if there is only one dependent child and two-thirds if there are two or more; except that the allowance for the first six months after the member’s death will be equal to the rate of the member’s pensionable pay when the member died.

(14) If the member dies leaving a dependent child and there is a surviving parent (or spouse or civil partner of a parent) but there is no entitlement to a widow’s, widower’s or surviving civil partner’s pension under regulation G2, or regulation G2(8) applies, the allowance will be paid at the rates described in paragraph (13).

(15) The child allowance payable on a member’s death where, on the day the member dies, the member is—

(a)under the age of 70;

(b)in NHS employment;

(c)no longer required to pay contributions on or before 1st April 2008 pursuant to regulation D1(26) or (27) (contributions by members); and

(d)except where regulation R4(4) applies, not in receipt of any pension under any of regulations E1 to E11,

will be as described in paragraph (2), but with the modifications set out in paragraph (16).

(16) The modifications referred to in paragraph (15) are—

(a)in paragraph (2), for “on the day the member died” substitute “on the member’s last day of pensionable employment”; and

(b)in each of paragraphs (12) and (13), for “member’s pensionable pay when the member died” substitute “member’s final year’s pensionable pay”.

(17) The child allowance payable on a member’s death if, on the day the member died, the member is—

(a)under the age of 75 if not a special class officer or under the age of 70 if a special class officer;

(b)in NHS employment;

(c)no longer required to pay contributions on or after 2nd April 2008 pursuant to regulation D1(26) or (27) (contributions by members); and

(d)except where regulation R4(6) (members doing more than one job) applies, not in receipt of a pension under any of regulations E1 to E11,

will be as described in paragraph (3) but with the modifications set out in paragraph (18).

(18) The modifications referred to in paragraph (17) are—

(a)in paragraph (3)(a) for “on the day the member died” substitute “on the member’s last day of pensionable employment”; and

(b)in paragraphs (8) and (9) for “member’s pensionable pay when the member died” substitute “member’s final year’s pensionable pay”.

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