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Definition of a Master Trust schemeE+W+S

1Master Trust schemes: definitionE+W+S

(1)In this Act, “Master Trust scheme” means an occupational pension scheme which—

(a)provides money purchase benefits (whether alone or in conjunction with other benefits),

(b)is used, or intended to be used, by two or more employers,

(c)is not used, or intended to be used, only by employers which are connected with each other, and

(d)is not a relevant public service pension scheme.

(2)Where a Master Trust scheme provides money purchase benefits in conjunction with other benefits, references in the following provisions of this Act to a Master Trust scheme are to a Master Trust scheme only to the extent that it provides money purchase benefits, except as provided in section 39(2) to (4).

(3)For the purposes of this section, an employer (“A”) is connected with another employer (“B”)—

(a)where A is, or has been, a group undertaking in relation to B within the meaning of section 1161(5) of the Companies Act 2006, or

(b)in circumstances specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(4)In this section—

  • employer”, in relation to an occupational pension scheme, means a person who employs or engages persons who are, or are entitled to become, members of the scheme;

  • money purchase benefits” has the same meaning as in the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (see section 181 of that Act);

  • occupational pension scheme” has the same meaning as in the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (see section 1(1) of that Act);

  • relevant public service pension scheme” has the meaning given in section 2.

(5)Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.

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I1S. 1 in force at Royal Assent for specified purposes, see s. 44(1)(a)(i)

2Relevant public service pension schemesE+W+S

(1)For the purposes of section 1, a pension scheme is a relevant public service pension scheme if it falls within subsection (2) or (3).

(2)A scheme falls within this subsection if it is a public service pension scheme within the meaning of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (see section 1(1) of that Act).

(3)A scheme falls within this subsection if it is—

(a)a scheme under section 1 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 (new public service schemes),

(b)a new public body pension scheme (as defined in section 30 of that Act), or

(c)a statutory pension scheme which is connected with a scheme referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) (and for this purpose “statutory pension scheme” and “connected” have the meanings given in that Act; see sections 37 and 4(6) of that Act).

(4)But a scheme does not fall within subsection (3) if it is a scheme specified in an order made under section 318(6)(b) of the Pensions Act 2004 (schemes excluded from definition of “public service pension scheme”).

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I2S. 2 in force at Royal Assent for specified purposes, see s. 44(1)(a)(i)

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