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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Member’s right to transfer a preserved pension to the 2008 Section

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M7.—(1) If a member meets the conditions referred to in paragraph (3) and subject to the following provisions of this regulation, the member may require the Scottish Ministers to use the cash equivalent of the member’s rights under these Regulations to acquire rights referred to in the 2008 Section.

(2) A member’s right to require the Scottish Ministers to use the cash equivalent of the member’s rights in the way referred to in paragraph (1) may only be exercised once.

(3) The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) are that the member—

(a)is entitled to a deferred benefit under regulation E12 (preserved pension);

(b)may not join this Section of the scheme in respect of any further NHS employment by virtue of regulation B2(1)(i), (k) or (l); and

(c)becomes an active member of the 2008 Section before attaining the age of 60.

(4) The Scottish Ministers must provide a member to whom this regulation applies with a statement of the amount of the cash equivalent of the member’s benefits accrued in accordance with these Regulations at the guarantee date (“a statement of entitlement”).

(5) In this regulation “the guarantee date” means any date that—

(a)falls within the required period;

(b)is chosen by the Scottish Ministers;

(c)is specified in the statement of entitlement; and

(d)is within the period of 10 days ending with the date on which the member is provided with the statement of entitlement.

(6) In counting the period of 10 days referred to in paragraph (5)(d), Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday are excluded.

(7) In paragraph (5)(a), “the required period” means—

(a)the period of three months beginning with the date that the Scottish Ministers receive notification from the member’s employing authority that the member has joined the 2008 Section; or

(b)such longer period beginning with that date (but not exceeding six months) as may be reasonably required if, for reasons beyond the control of the Scottish Ministers, the requisite information cannot be obtained to calculate the amount of the cash equivalent.

(8) Subject to paragraphs (9) to (11), the member’s guaranteed cash equivalent will be equal to the capitalised value of all of the member’s rights to benefits accrued under these Regulations and any associated rights under Part I of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971.

(9) The Scottish Ministers must—

(a)take advice from the scheme actuary before determining the factors to be used in the calculation of the member’s guaranteed cash equivalent; and

(b)calculate and verify the amount of the guaranteed cash equivalent in accordance with the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1996.

(10) Except in the case of a transfer payment accepted under regulation N5 (transfers in respect of members to whom regulation B6 applies who elect to rejoin this Section of the scheme), a member’s cash equivalent will be at least equal to the amount of any transfer payments accepted in respect of the member under regulation N1(5) (which deals with the crediting of additional service upon transfer), plus the amount of the member’s contributions to this Section of the scheme.

(11) Any part of the cash equivalent that relates to the service before 29th January 1988 will be calculated as described in the 1980 Regulations as applicable immediately before that date, if this would be more favourable to the member.

(12) A member who has received a statement of entitlement in accordance with paragraph (4) may apply to the Scottish Ministers for the cash equivalent of the member’s rights under this Section of the scheme to be used to acquire rights under the 2008 Section.

(13) An application under this regulation must be made in respect of each and every portion of the cash equivalent and shall be—

(a)made in writing on the form provided for this purpose by the Scottish Ministers;

(b)made before the end of the period of three months beginning with the guarantee date; and

(c)irrevocable.

(14) On the making of such an application—

(a)a member becomes entitled to be credited with a period of pensionable service or an equivalent increase to the member’s pensionable earnings in the 2008 Section in respect of the cash equivalent value of the member’s benefits under this Section of the scheme calculated in accordance with whichever of regulation 2.F.17 or 3.F.17 of the 2008 Section apply to the member, and

(b)the member’s rights under this Section of the scheme are extinguished on the day that the member is credited with a period of pensionable service or pensionable earnings in accordance with regulations 2.F.17 or 3.F.17 (transfers across from the National Health Service superannuation scheme for Scotland 1995) (as the case may be) of the 2008 Section.

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