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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (2008 Section) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

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Member’s option to pay additional periodical contributions to purchase additional pension
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2.C.8.—(1) An active member may opt to make additional periodical contributions by monthly instalments during the contribution option period—

(a)to increase by a specified amount the benefits payable to the member under Chapter 2.D (members’ retirement benefits) (including if a member dies after a pension becomes payable, the benefits paid to a surviving partner and dependent children at the same rate as the member’s pension for three or 6 months under Chapter 2.E (death benefits)); or

(b)to increase by a specified amount those benefits so payable and to increase the benefits otherwise payable in respect of surviving partners and dependent children under Chapter 2.E (death benefits) in respect of the member.

(2) A member may exercise the option under paragraph (1) more than once.

(3) If a member exercises the option under paragraph (1), the member’s employing authority must—

(a)deduct the member’s contributions from the member’s earnings; and

(b)pay them to the Scottish Ministers not later than the 19th day of the month following the month in which the earnings were paid.

(4) The annual amount of the periodical contributions payable at the beginning of the contribution option period must be—

(a)not less than the minimum amount; and

(b)in the case of an amount exceeding the minimum amount, a multiple of the minimum amount.

(5) In paragraph (4) “the minimum amount” means the amount that would, in accordance with tables prepared for the Scottish Ministers by the scheme actuary for the scheme year in which the contributions are paid, be the amount of the contributions required to secure an increase in the member’s pension of—

(a)£250; or

(b)such other amount as the Scottish Ministers may for the time being determine,

assuming that the contributions are made in accordance with the option for the remainder of the option period.

(6) The tables referred to in paragraph (5)—

(a)may specify different amounts for different descriptions of members; and

(b)may be amended during a scheme year,

but no such amendment affects the contributions payable during that year under any option, except an option under which contributions begin to be paid after the date on which the amendment takes effect.

(7) The total increase in the member’s pension as a result of contributions made under this regulation, taken together with any increase as a result of—

(a)contributions made under regulation 2.C.10 (member’s option to pay lump sum contribution to purchase additional pension); or

(b)contributions made under regulation 2.C.11 (payment of additional lump sum contributions by employing authority),

may not exceed £5000 or such other amount as the Scottish Ministers may for the time being determine (taking into account any increase in the member’s pension as a result of the exercise of an option in accordance with regulations 3.C.6 to 3.C.15 (additional contributions).

(8) In this Part, “contribution option period” in relation to an option under this regulation means a period of whole years that—

(a)is specified in the option;

(b)begins with the pay period in respect of which the first contribution is made under the option;

(c)is not less than one year nor more than 20 years; and

(d)does not end later than the member’s 65th birthday.

(9) In the case of a 2008 Section Optant, this regulation is subject to regulation 2.K.4.

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