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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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Effect of member being absent or leaving and rejoining this Section of the scheme during the contribution option period

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Q9.—(1) This paragraph applies if during the contribution option period a member who has exercised the option under regulation Q8—

(a)is absent from work for any of the reasons described in regulation P1(2) (maternity, paternity and adoption absence); or

(b)is on a leave of absence in accordance with regulation P2 (absence because of illness or injury).

(2) If paragraph (1) applies—

(a)the contributions under the option continue to be payable unless the member ceases paying contributions under regulation D1; and

(b)where the member does so cease, the member may continue to make contributions in accordance with the option if the member resumes making contributions under regulation D1 before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which the member first ceased to pay those contributions.

(3) This paragraph applies if a member—

(a)exercises the option under regulation Q8;

(b)leaves pensionable employment during the contribution option period; and

(c)returns to pensionable employment within 12 months of leaving.

(4) If paragraph (3) applies, the member may continue to make contributions in accordance with the option after returning to pensionable employment unless a refund of contributions has been made to the member under regulation E15 (early leavers’ entitlement to refund of contributions).

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (4) it does not matter whether the member has paid any of the repaid contributions to the Scottish Ministers in accordance with regulation E15(3).

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