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61Sums or assets that may be designated as available for drawdown: Northern IrelandN.I.

(1)In the case of a member of an occupational pension scheme the only sums or assets that may be designated as available for the payment of drawdown pension for the member under the scheme are sums or assets held for the purposes of providing money purchase benefits to or in respect of the member.

(2)In the case of a survivor of a member of an occupational pension scheme the only sums or assets that may be designated as available for the payment of dependants' drawdown pension, nominees' drawdown pension or successors' drawdown pension for the survivor under the scheme are sums or assets held for the purposes of providing money purchase benefits to the survivor.

(3)This section overrides any provision of an occupational pension scheme to the extent that there is a conflict.

(4)This section does not apply in relation to sums or assets designated before 6 April 2015.

62Provision about conversion of certain benefits for drawdown: Northern IrelandN.I.

(1)The Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland may by regulations make provision about the conversion of benefits under an occupational pension scheme in circumstances where—

(a)a member of the scheme, or a survivor of a member of the scheme, has subsisting rights in respect of any flexible benefits other than money purchase benefits under the scheme, and

(b)the member or survivor exercises an option to convert any of the benefits into money purchase benefits for the purposes of enabling sums or assets to be designated as available for the payment of drawdown pension, dependants' drawdown pension, nominees' drawdown pension or successors' drawdown pension.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision about how the rate or amount of any benefits not converted are to be calculated in future.

(3)In relation to a conversion that takes place before the member or survivor reaches normal pension age, regulations under subsection (1) may in particular make provision about—

(a)the manner in which benefits are to be calculated for the purpose of converting them into money purchase benefits;

(b)the use of any power to reduce benefits.

(4)Regulations made under this section may include provision for them to override the provisions of a pension scheme to the extent that there is a conflict.

Commencement Information

I1S. 62 wholly in force; s. 62 in force at Royal Assent for specified purposes; s. 62 in force in so far as not already in force at 6.4.2015 see s. 89(1)(b)(3)(b)

63Provision about calculation of lump sums: Northern IrelandN.I.

(1)The Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland may by regulations make provision about the calculation of lump sums in circumstances where—

(a)a member of an occupational pension scheme, or a survivor of a member of the scheme, has subsisting rights in respect of any flexible benefits other than money purchase benefits under the scheme, and

(b)the member or survivor exercises an option to be paid a lump sum in respect of any of those benefits.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision about how the rate or amount of any remaining benefits are to be calculated in future.

(3)In a case where a member or survivor exercises an option to be paid a lump sum before reaching normal pension age, regulations under subsection (1) may in particular make provision about—

(a)the manner in which benefits are to be calculated for the purpose of determining the amount available for the payment of the lump sum;

(b)the use of any power to reduce the amount of the lump sum.

(4)Regulations made under this section may include provision for them to override the provisions of a pension scheme to the extent that there is a conflict.

Commencement Information

I2S. 63 wholly in force; s. 63 in force at Royal Assent for specified purposes; s. 63 in force in so far as not already in force at 6.4.2015 see s. 89(1)(b)(3)(b)

64Restrictions on conversion of benefits during winding up etc: Northern IrelandE+W+S

(1)In Article 73A of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/3213 (N.I. 22)) (operation of scheme during winding up period), after paragraph (6) insert—

(6A)During the winding up period no right or entitlement of any member, or of any other person in respect of a member, to a benefit that is not a money purchase benefit is to be converted into, or replaced with, a right or entitlement to a money purchase benefit under the scheme rules.

(2)In Article 73B of that Order (Articles 73 and 73A: supplementary), in paragraphs (1) and (3), after “Article 73A(3)” insert “ or (6A) ”.

(3)In Article 119 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/255 (N.I. 1)) (restrictions on winding up, discharge of liabilities etc during assessment period), in paragraph (4), before sub-paragraph (a) insert—

(za)no right or entitlement of any member, or of any other person in respect of a member, to a benefit that is not a money purchase benefit is to be converted into, or replaced with, a right or entitlement to a money purchase benefit under the scheme rules,.

65Restriction on payment of lump sums during PPF assessment period: Northern IrelandE+W+S

(1)Article 122 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/255 (N.I. 1)) (payment of scheme benefits during assessment period) is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph (1), after “Paragraphs (2)” insert “ , (2A) ”.

(3)After paragraph (2) insert—

(2A)Benefits in the form of a lump sum may be paid to or in respect of a member under the scheme rules during the assessment period only in the circumstances in which, and to the extent to which, lump sum compensation would be payable to or in respect of the member in accordance with this Chapter if—

(a)the Board assumed responsibility for the scheme in accordance with this Chapter, and

(b)the assessment date referred to in Schedule 6 were the date on which the assessment period began.

(4)In paragraph (3), omit “But”.

(5)In paragraph (5), for “paragraph (2)” substitute “ paragraphs (2) and (2A) ”.

(6)In paragraph (6), for “paragraph (3)” substitute “ paragraphs (2A) and (3) ”.

(7)In paragraph (7), after “Paragraphs (2),” insert “ (2A), ”.

(8)In paragraph (8), after “paragraphs (2)” insert “ , (2A) ”.

(9)In paragraph (9), for “paragraphs (2) and (3)” substitute “ paragraphs (2) to (3) ”.

(10)After paragraph (9) insert—

(9A)Regulations may make provision as to circumstances in which benefits in the form of a lump sum are to be treated for the purposes of paragraph (2A) as being paid in the circumstances in which lump sum compensation would be payable in accordance with this Chapter.

(9B)Regulations may create exceptions to paragraph (2A).

(11)In paragraph (12), for “paragraph (2)” substitute “ paragraphs (2) and (2A) ”.

(12)In paragraph (13), after “paragraph (2)” insert “ , (2A) ”.

Commencement Information

I3S. 65 wholly in force; s. 65 in force at Royal Assent for specified purposes; s. 65 in force in so far as not already in force at 6.4.2015 see s. 89(1)(b)(3)(b)

66Sections 61 to 63: consequential amendmentsE+W+S

(1)In section 97AI of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (early leavers: cash transfer sums and contribution refunds - further provisions), in subsection (7)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (vii) insert—

(viii)section 61 of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;

(ix)regulations made under section 62 or 63 of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (v) insert—

(vi)section 61(3) of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;

(vii)regulations made under section 62(4) or 63(4) of the Pension Schemes Act 2015.

(2)In Article 67A of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/3213 (N.I. 22)) (the subsisting rights provisions: interpretation), in paragraph (9)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a), after head (vii) insert—

(viii)section 61 of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;

(ix)regulations made under section 62 or 63 of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;;

(b)in sub-paragraph (b), after head (v) insert—

(vi)section 61(3) of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;

(vii)regulations made under section 62(4) or 63(4) of the Pension Schemes Act 2015.

(3)In Article 2 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/255 (N.I. 1)) (interpretation), in paragraph (4)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a), after head (vii) insert—

(viii)section 61 of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;

(ix)regulations made under section 62 or 63 of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;;

(b)in sub-paragraph (b), after head (v) insert—

(vi)section 61(3) of the Pension Schemes Act 2015;

(vii)regulations made under section 62(4) or 63(4) of the Pension Schemes Act 2015.

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