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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999

Section 101K

Subsections (1) and (2) are similar to the provision for withdrawing a transfer request under sections 100(1) and (2) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993.

Subsection (3) complements the new section 101G(3) (see above). If the scheme requires former spouse members to exercise their rights to a transfer of pension credit benefit and other accrued rights at the same time, then a transfer notice under Part IVA may only be withdrawn if a transfer notice under section 95 of the Pensions Act 1995 is also withdrawn.

Section 101L: this section provides a power to increase or reduce cash equivalents in respect of pension credit benefits.

Subsections (1) and (2) are consistent with the power to increase or reduce cash equivalents under section 97(2)(b) and (3)(b) and (c) of Part IV of Chapter IV of the Pension Schemes Act 1993.

We intend to lay regulations broadly similar to regulations 8 and 9 of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1996 and regulation 4(1) of the Personal Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1987. We intend to use the regulation-making power at (2)(a) to provide for a cash equivalent to be increased on late payment. The proposed regulations will mirror the provisions set out in regulation 10 of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1996 and regulation 4(2) of the Personal Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1987. For example, an occupational pension scheme will be required to pay either the cash equivalent recalculated at the current date, or the original transfer value increased by 1% above the bank base rate over the period from the date of the original calculation until the current date.

Where a scheme is underfunded at the time the transfer payment of pension credit benefit is to be made, we intend to use the regulation-making power at (2)(b) to enable the trustees to reduce the cash equivalent if the circumstances set out in regulation 8(4) or (6) of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1996 are met, for example where the last valuation showed the scheme was underfunded on the basis of a minimum funding requirement. Where a cash equivalent is reduced in these circumstances, the former spouse will be notified of that fact. One of the options open to the former spouse will be to withdraw the notice (see section 101K above) and to leave her rights in the scheme until the funding position improves.

Section 101M provides trustees or managers who comply with their obligations in respect of a transfer of pension credit benefit with a statutory discharge of liability in the same way that section 99 (1)(a) provides a discharge of liability for trustees who comply with their obligations under Part IV, Chapter IV of the Pension Schemes Act 1993.

Section 101N mirrors section 101 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 and provides that any charge or lien on or set-off against the pension will be disregarded in calculating the cash equivalent.

Section 101O mirrors section 100(4) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993.

Section 101P defines some terms used in the Chapter.

Subsection (1): the definition of “qualifying scheme” excludes unfunded schemes;

Subsection (2) mirrors section 93(1A) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (inserted by section 152(3) of the Pensions Act 1995). The definition reflects the special procedures introduced by that Act in respect of cash equivalents in salary related schemes. These have been carried forward in this Act for cash equivalents in respect of salary related pension credit benefits for consistency and ease of administration.

Section 101Q provides a power similar to that in section 93(1B) (b) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (inserted by section 153(3) of the Pensions Act 1995). We intend to use this power to deal with those cases where the pension credit benefit includes a mixture of salary-related and money purchase benefits.

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