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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999

Other unfunded occupational pension schemes

Paragraph 3 set out how an unfunded occupational pension scheme that is not a public service scheme is to discharge its liability in respect of a pension credit.

The intention is that unfunded occupational pension schemes which are not public service schemes may discharge their liability in respect of the pension credit by conferring rights on the former spouse within the member’s scheme. Schemes may also discharge their liability by making a transfer payment to another suitable scheme/arrangement willing to accept it but only with the consent of the former spouse, or where consent is not obtained, in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

  • Sub-paragraph (1): the schemes falling within the scope of this sub-paragraph will be unapproved unfunded retirement benefit schemes;

  • Sub-paragraph (2) provides that schemes within the scope of sub-paragraph (1) may discharge their liability by granting the former spouse rights within the scheme;

  • Sub-paragraph (3) provides that a transfer payment can be made to a “qualifying arrangement”, which is a suitable destination for the pension credit and able and willing to accept it, only with the consent of the former spouse, or in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State. The regulation-making power will permit transfer without consent if circumstances are identified in which such a transfer is desirable.

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