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Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

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49Category B retirement pension for women

(1)A woman who is or has been married, and has attained pensionable age, shall be entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of her husband; and the cases in which a woman is so entitled are those specified in subsections (2) to (5) below.

(2)The first case of entitlement is where the woman is married to that husband at the time when she attains pensionable age and—

(a)he also has attained pensionable age and has become entitled to a Category A retirement pension; and

(b)he satisfies the relevant contribution conditions.

(3)The second case of entitlement is where the woman marries after attaining pensionable age and—

(a)her husband has also attained pensionable age and has become entitled to a Category A retirement pension; and

(b)he satisfies the relevant contribution conditions.

(4)The third case of entitlement is where the woman’s husband is dead and his death was after she attained pensionable age, and—

(a)she was married to him when he died; and

(b)before his death he satisfied the relevant contribution conditions.

(5)The fourth case of entitlement is where the woman’s husband is dead and his death was before she attained pensionable age, and—

(a)she was a widow immediately before attaining pensionable age and is entitled (or is treated by regulations as entitled) to a widow’s pension; and

(b)she became entitled to the pension in consequence of the husband’s death.

(6)The relevant contribution conditions for the purposes of the first, second and third cases of entitlement are those specified in Schedule 3, Part I, paragraph 5.

(7)Subject to the provisions of this Act, a woman’s entitlement to a Category B retirement pension shall commence on the day on which the conditions of entitlement become satisfied in her case and shall continue throughout her life.

(8)A woman’s Category B retirement pension shall not be payable for any period falling before the day on which the pensioner’s entitlement is to be regarded as commencing for that purpose by virtue of section 5(1)(l) of the Administration Act.

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