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The Personal and Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1996

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Amendment of the Protected Rights Regulations

3.—(1) The Protected Rights Regulations shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2) After regulation 5 there shall be inserted—

Conditions applying to payments under an interim arrangement

5A.  For the purposes of section 28(1A) of the Act (in the case of a personal pension scheme effect may be given to protected rights by the making of payments under an interim arrangement which among other things satisfy such conditions as may be prescribed) the prescribed conditions are that—

(a)payments are to be made to the member throughout the interim period at monthly intervals unless, subject to section 28A(1) of the Act (payments to be made at intervals not exceeding twelve months), the member elects for those payments to be made less frequently than by monthly payments; and

(b)the interim arrangement provides for the member to be able to elect to terminate the interim arrangement at any time during the interim period; and

(c)the interim arrangement provides for, in the event of the death of an unmarried member or, where section 28A(2) of the Act would apply, the death of the widow or widower, the balance of the value of the protected rights to be paid to any person in accordance with directions given by that member, widow or widower in writing, or where no such directions are given, to his or her estate.

Requirements for interim arrangements

5B.(1) For the purposes of section 28A(3)(b) of the Act (aggregate amount of payments made to a person under an interim arrangement in each successive period of twelve months must not be less than the prescribed percentage of the annual amount of the annuity which would have been purchasable by him on the relevant reference date) the prescribed percentage is 35 per cent.

(2) For the purposes of section 28A(5)(a) of the Act (the annual amount of the annuity which would have been purchasable by a person on any date shall be calculated in the prescribed manner) the prescribed manner is—

(a)in the case of payments to be made to a member in respect of protected rights which derive from minimum contributions and other amounts payable to the scheme in respect of any tax year up to and including the tax year 1996-1997, by reference to the current published table prepared by the Government Actuary in accordance with paragraph (3)(a);

(b)in the case of payments to be made to a widow or widower of a member in respect of protected rights which derive from minimum contributions and other amounts payable to the scheme in respect of any tax year up to and including the tax year 1996-1997, by reference to the current published table prepared by the Government Actuary in accordance with paragraph (3)(b);

(c)in the case of payments to be made—

(i)to a married member; or

(ii)on the first day of a succeeding period of 3 years beginning with the starting date to a member who marries during the interim period,

in respect of protected rights which derive from minimum contributions and other amounts payable to the scheme in respect of a tax year after the tax year 1996-1997, by reference to the current published table prepared by the Government Actuary in accordance with paragraph (3)(c);

(d)in the case of payments to be made—

(i)to an unmarried member; or

(ii)to a widow or a widower of a member; or

(iii)on the first day of a succeeding period of 3 years beginning with the starting date to a member who becomes a widow or widower and remains so during the interim period; or

(iv)on the first day of a succeeding period of 3 years beginning with the starting date to a member whose marriage is dissolved and remains unmarried during the interim period,

in respect of protected rights which derive from minimum contributions and other amounts payable to the scheme in respect of a tax year after the tax year 1996-1997, by reference to the current published table prepared by the Government Actuary in accordance with paragraph (3)(d).

(3) For the purposes of section 28A(5)(a)(ii) of the Act (the current published tables of rates of annuities prepared in the prescribed manner by the Government Actuary) the prescribed manner is, in the case referred to in—

(a)paragraph (2)(a), on the basis—

(i)that no distinction shall be made by reference to the sex or marital status of the member;

(ii)that in respect of a member who has died, the rate of the annuity is one-half of the rate at which it would have been payable if the member had been living;

(iii)that the rate of annuity will be increased on each of its anniversaries, by the percentage increase in the retail price index in the preceding twelve month period or by the percentage for that period which corresponds to 3 per cent., whichever is the lesser;

(iv)of a deduction of 2 per cent. of the purchase price of the annuity to allow for the initial expenses of the insurance company; and

(v)that the frequency of payment is monthly in arrears;

(b)paragraph (2)(b), on the basis—

(i)that no distinction shall be made by reference to the sex of the widow or widower;

(ii)that the widow or widower is the last survivor with any rights to an annuity;

(iii)of the matters referred to in paragraph (a)(iii) to (v);

(c)paragraph (2)(c), on the basis—

(i)that no distinction shall be made by reference to the sex of the member;

(ii)that the rate of annuity will be increased on each of its anniversaries, by the percentage increase in the retail price index in the preceding twelve month period or by the percentage for that period which corresponds to 5 per cent., whichever is the lesser; and

(iii)of the matters referred to in sub-paragraph (a)(ii), (iv) and (v);

(d)paragraph (2)(d), on the basis—

(i)that no distinction shall be made by reference to the sex of the member or the widow or widower;

(ii)that, in the case of a widow or widower, he or she is the last survivor, or in the case of an unmarried member there is no other person, with any rights to an annuity; and

(iii)of the matters referred to in sub-paragraph (a)(iv) and (v) and (c)(ii)..

(3) In regulation 6(1) and (2) (giving effect to protected rights by providing a lump sum) the words “as it applies to a money purchase contracted-out scheme” shall be omitted in each place they appear.

(4) In regulation 8 (choice of insurance company by annuitant) for the words “pensionable age” there shall be substituted—

(a)in paragraph (a), in the first place in which they appear, and in paragraph (b), the words—

, in the case of a money purchase contracted-out scheme, the normal pension age if that age is not less than 60 years or, in the case of a personal pension scheme, the agreed age at which he is entitled to receive benefits under the scheme or pensionable age, whichever is the earlier,;

(b)in paragraph (a), in the second place in which they appear, the words, “that age”.

(5) In regulation 10(2) and (3) (death of scheme member before effect given to his protected rights) at the beginning there shall be inserted the words “Subject to regulation 10A”.

(6) After regulation 10 there shall be inserted the following regulation—

Death of a scheme member before effect is given to protected rights: interim arrangements for widows or widowers

10A.(1) Where the member has died without effect being given to his protected rights and that member is survived by—

(a)a qualifying widow or widower; or

(b)a non-qualifying widow or widower who, in accordance with the member’s written directions is nominated to receive the value of that member’s protected rights,

effect shall be given to those rights if that widow or widower so elects by the making of payments, as soon as practicable, under an interim arrangement such as is described in paragraph (2).

(2) The interim arrangement referred to in paragraph (1) is one which—

(a)complies with—

(i)the requirements of section 28A(3) and (5) of the Act and regulations made under those subsections; and

(ii)the conditions referred to in regulation 5A as if the widow or widower were the member;

(b)at the end of the interim period, enables effect to be given to the deceased’s protected rights in such ways as are permitted by the provisions of section 28 of the Act as the rules of the scheme may specify.

(3) In this regulation “qualifying widow or widower” shall have the same meaning as in regulation 10..

(7) In regulation 13 (personal pension schemes— notifications to the Secretary of State)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (b) after the word “annuity” there shall be inserted “, payment under an interim arrangement”;

(ii)after sub-paragraph (d) there shall be added—

(e)where effect has been given to them by means of a payment under an interim arrangement, to identify the appropriate personal pension scheme which has entered into the interim arrangement and the starting date..

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