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8E+W+SFor sections 93 to 94 substitute—

93Scope of Chapter 1

(1)This Chapter applies to a member of a pension scheme if all of the following conditions are met.

(2)Condition 1 is that the member has accrued rights to any category of benefits under the scheme rules.

(3)Condition 2 is that no crystallisation event has occurred in relation to the member's accrued rights to benefits in that category (see subsection (7)).

(4)Condition 3 is that—

(a)the member is no longer accruing rights to benefits in that category (see subsection (8)), and

(b)in the case of benefits that are not flexible benefits, the member stopped accruing those rights at least one year before normal pension age.

(5)But this Chapter does not apply to—

(a)a member of a salary related occupational pension scheme whose pensionable service terminated before 1 January 1986 and in respect of whom prescribed requirements are satisfied;

(b)a member of a personal pension scheme which is comprised in an annuity contract made before 4 January 1988.

(6)In this Chapter a reference to a “category” of benefits is to one of the following three categories—

(a)money purchase benefits;

(b)flexible benefits other than money purchase benefits;

(c)benefits that are not flexible benefits.

(7)For the purposes of Condition 2 a crystallisation event occurs in relation to a member's accrued rights to benefits in a category when—

(a)payment of a pension in respect of any of the benefits has begun,

(b)in the case of money purchase benefits, sums or assets held for the purpose of providing any of the benefits are designated as available for the payment of drawdown pension (as defined by paragraph 4 of Schedule 28 to the Finance Act 2004), or

(c)in the case of a personal pension scheme, sums or assets held for the purpose of providing any of the benefits are applied for purchasing an annuity or insurance policy.

(8)For the purposes of Condition 3 a member stops accruing rights to a category of benefits when there are no longer arrangements in place for the accrual of rights to benefits in that category for or in respect of the member.

(9)In this section a reference to accrued rights does not include pension credit rights.

(10)Regulations may—

(a)provide for this Chapter not to apply in relation to a person of a prescribed description;

(b)provide for this Chapter not to apply in prescribed circumstances in relation to a member of a prescribed scheme or schemes of a prescribed description;

(c)modify the application of this Chapter in relation to a member who has accrued rights to benefits of a prescribed description.

(11)In the following provisions of this Chapter—

(a)a reference to a “member” of a pension scheme is a reference to a member to whom this Chapter applies, and

(b)a reference to a member's “transferrable rights” are to any rights in relation to a category of benefits by virtue of which this Chapter applies to the member.

93ARight to statement of entitlement: benefits other than money purchase

(1)The trustees or managers of a pension scheme must, on the application of any member, provide the member with a statement of entitlement in respect of the member's transferrable rights in relation to categories of benefits other than money purchase benefits.

(2)In the case of a member with transferrable rights in relation to two categories of benefits other than money purchase benefits, the application may relate to transferrable rights in relation to either or both of those categories.

(3)For the purposes of this Chapter a member's “statement of entitlement” is a written statement of the amount of the cash equivalent at the guarantee date of the transferrable rights to which the application under subsection (1) relates.

(4)In this Chapter “the guarantee date” means the date by reference to which the value of the cash equivalent is calculated, and must be—

(a)within the prescribed period beginning with the date of the application, and

(b)within the prescribed period ending with the date on which the statement of entitlement is provided to the member.

(5)Regulations may make provision in relation to applications under this section and may, in particular, restrict the making of successive applications.

(6)If the trustees or managers of a pension scheme fail to comply with subsection (1), section 10 of the Pensions Act 1995 (civil penalties) applies to any trustee or manager who has failed to take all reasonable steps to secure compliance.

94Right to cash equivalent

(1)A member of a pension scheme who has received a statement of entitlement under section 93A acquires a right to take the cash equivalent shown in that statement in accordance with this Chapter.

(2)A member of a pension scheme who has transferrable rights in relation to money purchase benefits acquires a right to take their cash equivalent in accordance with this Chapter.

Commencement Information

I1Sch. 4 para. 8 wholly in force; Sch. 4 para. 8 in force at Royal Assent for specified purposes; Sch. 4 para. 8 in force in so far as not already in force at 6.4.2015 see s. 89(1)(b)(3)(b)

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