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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999

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1Meaning of “stakeholder pension scheme”

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(1)A pension scheme is a stakeholder pension scheme for the purposes of this Part if it is registered as such a scheme under section 2 and each of the following is fulfilled, namely—

(a)the conditions set out in subsections (2) to (9); and

(b)such other conditions as may be prescribed.

(2)The first condition is that the scheme is established under a trust or in such other way as may be prescribed.

(3)The second condition is that the provisions made by the instruments establishing the scheme comply with such requirements as may be prescribed.

(4)The third condition is that, subject to such exceptions as may be prescribed, the benefits provided by the scheme are money purchase benefits within the meaning given by section 181 of the [1993 c. 48.] Pension Schemes Act 1993 (“the 1993 Act”).

(5)The fourth condition is that the scheme complies with such requirements as may be prescribed as regards the extent to which, and the circumstances in which—

(a)any payment made to the scheme by or on behalf of a member of the scheme,

(b)any income or capital gain arising from the investment of such a payment, or

(c)the value of rights under the scheme,

may be used to defray the administrative expenses of the scheme, to pay commission or in any other way which does not result in the provision of benefits for or in respect of members.

(6)The fifth condition is that the scheme complies with such of the requirements of regulations under section 113 of the 1993 Act (disclosure of information about schemes to members etc.) as are applicable to it.

(7)The sixth condition is that, subject to such minimum contribution levels and other restrictions as may be prescribed, members of the scheme may make such contributions to the scheme as they think appropriate.

(8)The seventh condition is that, except in so far as is necessary to ensure that the scheme has tax-exemption or tax-approval (within the meaning of the 1993 Act), the scheme accepts transfer payments in respect of members' rights under—

(a)other pension schemes;

(b)contracts and schemes approved under Chapter III of Part XIV of the [1988 c. 1.] Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (retirement annuity contracts);

(c)annuities and insurance policies purchased or transferred for the purpose of giving effect to rights under pension schemes; and

(d)annuities purchased or entered into for the purpose of discharging liability in respect of pension credits under section 29(1)(b) or under corresponding Northern Ireland legislation.

(9)The eighth condition is that the scheme has such exemption or approval as is mentioned in subsection (8).

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