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Social Security Pensions Act 1975

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23Increase of long-term benefits

(1)Subject to subsections (4) and (5) below, the provisions of sections 124 to 126 of the principal Act (power and duty to increase rates of benefit under that Act) shall apply also to—

(a)the sum specified in section 6(1)(a) above ;

(b)the sums which are the additional components in the rates of long-term benefits ;

(c)the sums which are the increases in the rates of retirement pensions under Schedule 1 to this Act so far as attributable to additional components in such pensions ; and

(d)the sums which are such increases so far as not so attributable.

(2)Any increase under the said section 124 of the sums mentioned in subsection (1)(b) above shall take the form of a direction that those sums shall be increased by a specified percentage of their amount apart from the order and shall apply only in relation to additional components calculated under section 6 above by reference to final relevant years which are—

(a)earlier than the tax year preceding that in which the order comes into force; or

(b)if the order comes into force on or after 6th May in any tax year, earlier than that year.

(3)Any increase under the said section 124 of the sums mentioned in subsection (1)(c) or (d) above shall take the form of a direction that those sums shall be increased by a specified percentage of their amount apart from the order and shall apply only in relation to sums calculated under Schedule 1 to this Act by reference to periods of deferment which have ended before the coming into force of the order.

(4)For the purposes of any review under section 125 of the principal Act (review of benefits by reference to earnings or prices) the Secretary of State shall, as respects the sums mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (d) of subsection (1) above, have regard to earnings or prices according to which he considers more advantageous to beneficiaries and, as respects the sums mentioned in paragraphs (b) and (c) of that subsection, to prices.

(5)The reference in section 126(5) of the principal Act to the date on which the provision fixing the current amount of a sum came into force shall be construed—

(a)in relation to any increase of the sums mentioned in paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection (1) above, as a reference to the date on which the last order made by virtue of that paragraph came into force or, if no such order has been made, to the beginning of the second tax year for which lower and upper earnings limits are specified under section 1 above;

(b)in relation to any increase in the sums mentioned in paragraph (d) of that subsection, as a reference to the date on which the provision fixing the current amount of the sum specified in section 6(1)(a) above came into force.

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