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Finance Act 2004

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Unsecured pension year and basis amount for unsecured pension year

10(1)The period of five unsecured pension years beginning with the first unsecured pension year, and each succeeding period of five unsecured pension years, is a “reference period”; and the first day of each reference period is, in relation to that period, “the reference date”.

(2)For the first unsecured pension year falling within a reference period, the basis amount is the annual amount of the relevant annuity which could have been purchased by the application of the sums and assets representing the member’s unsecured pension fund on the nominated date (but subject to sub-paragraph (5)).

(3)“The nominated date”—

(a)in relation to the first reference period, is the reference date, and

(b)in relation to any subsequent reference period, is such day, within the period of 60 days ending with the reference date, as is nominated by the scheme administrator (or, if no day is nominated by the scheme administrator, is the reference date).

(4)For each other unsecured pension year falling within a reference period, the basis amount is the annual amount of the relevant annuity which could have been purchased by the application of the sums and assets representing the member’s unsecured pension fund—

(a)if there has been no recent annuity purchase or recent additional fund designation, on the nominated date, and

(b)otherwise, immediately after the last annuity purchase or additional fund designation,

(but subject to sub-paragraph (5)).

(5)On the occasion of each additional fund designation during an unsecured pension year, the basis amount for that unsecured pension year is to be recalculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (6).

(6)The basis amount for the unsecured pension year is the annual amount of the relevant annuity which could have been purchased by the application of the sums and assets representing the member’s unsecured pension fund immediately after the additional fund designation.

(7)“Annuity purchase” means the purchase of a scheme pension or a lifetime annuity by the application of sums or assets representing the whole or part of the member’s unsecured pension fund.

(8)“Additional fund designation” means the designation under the arrangement of further sums or assets held for the purposes of the arrangement as available for the payment of unsecured pension.

(9)An annuity purchase or additional fund designation is “recent” if it took place during the period—

(a)beginning with the reference date, and

(b)ending with the last day of the immediately preceding unsecured pension year.

(10)Paragraph 14 defines “relevant annuity”.

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