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Pensions Act 2011

Section 26: Contribution notices and financial support directions

151.Section 26 amends sections 38, 43 and 96 of the PA 2004. Section 38 provides the Pensions Regulator with the power to issue a contribution notice where certain conditions are satisfied. Section 43 provides the Pensions Regulator with the power to issue a financial support direction where certain conditions are satisfied. Section 96 describes the standard procedure for consideration of certain of the Pensions Regulator’s functions.

152.At present the Regulator must determine to exercise its regulatory functions to issue a contribution notice or a financial support direction within certain statutory periods. The amendments to sections 38 and 43 provide that those periods end with the Regulator giving a warning notice of its intention to exercise its regulatory functions instead of ending with the determination to exercise the relevant regulatory function. The amendment to section 96 also creates a power to prescribe a period after giving a warning notice beyond which the Regulator cannot exercise the relevant regulatory function.

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