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The Local Government (Early Termination of Employment) (Discretionary Compensation)(England and Wales) Regulations 2000

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PART IGENERAL

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government (Early Termination of Employment) (Discretionary Compensation) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000.

(2) They shall come into force on 21st June 2000.

General interpretation

2.—(1) Schedule 1 contains definitions of expressions used in these Regulations which apply for their interpretation unless the context indicates that they have a different meaning.

(2) Expressions not defined in Schedule 1 but used in these Regulations and in the Pension Regulations have the same meaning as in those Regulations or, if the expression is not defined in those Regulations, but is defined in the 1995 Regulations, as in the 1995 Regulations.

(3) Schedule 2 has effect for the purposes of the definition of “appropriate percentage” in Schedule 1.

(4) Where these Regulations refer to anything done, required or arising under any provision of the Pension Regulations, those references shall include anything done, required or arising under the corresponding provision of the 1995 Regulations, the 1986 Regulations or the 1974 Regulations, unless the context indicates otherwise.

(5) Where these Regulations refer to a Scheme member or a person who would be or would have been a Scheme member, those references shall include a pensionable employee and a person who would be or would have been a pensionable employee, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Application to the Isles of Scilly

3.  These Regulations apply to the Isles of Scilly as if they were a district in the county of Cornwall and the Council of the Isles of Scilly were a council of that district.

General and special application of Regulations

4.—(1) These Regulations apply in relation to, or as the case may be, in consequence of the death of, a person—

(a)whose employment is terminated—

(i)by reason of redundancy;

(ii)in the interests of the efficient exercise of the authority’s functions; or

(iii)in the case of a joint appointment, because the other holder of the appointment has left it; and

(b)who, on his final day of employment, is eligible to be a Scheme member (whether or not he is such a member) or would be so eligible but for a relevant disqualification,

and in the following provisions of these Regulations “person” shall be construed accordingly, unless the context indicates that it has a different meaning.

(2) Where an additional requirement is specified in any provision of Parts II to IX in relation to a person, that provision does not apply in relation to him unless he satisfies that additional requirement.

(3) Part IV of these Regulations applies to the descriptions of employee mentioned in Schedule 3 subject to the modifications specified in that Schedule.

PART IIINCREASE OF STATUTORY REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS

Power to increase statutory redundancy payments

5.—(1) Compensation may be paid in accordance with this regulation to a person who is entitled to a redundancy payment under the 1996 Act on the termination of his employment.

(2) The amount which may be paid must not be more than the difference between—

(a)the redundancy payment to which he is entitled under Part XI of the 1996 Act; and

(b)the payment to which he would have been entitled if there had been no limit on the amount of a week’s pay used in the calculation of his redundancy payment(1).

(3) The power to pay compensation is exercisable—

(a)where the employment was at a voluntary, foundation or foundation special school (within the meaning of section 20 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998(2)) by the local education authority;

(b)in any other case, by the body by whom he is employed immediately before the termination date.

PART IIIDISCRETIONARY COMPENSATION FOR REDUNDANCY: GENERAL

Discretionary compensation for redundancy: general

6.—(1) This Part applies where a person—

(a)ceases to hold his employment with a Scheme employer;

(b)in respect of that cessation—

(i)has not lost his right to a redundancy payment under Part XI of the 1996 Act by agreement under section 197(3) of that Act (agreements to exclude rights to redundancy payments on expiry of short fixed term contracts);

(ii)may not count an additional period of membership under regulation 52 (power of employing authority to increase total membership of members leaving employment at or after 50) of the Pension Regulations; and

(iii)either is not entitled to have his case considered for compensation under Part IV or is so entitled but has not been awarded a credited period;

(c)is over 18 and under 65 on the termination date;

(d)if under 50 on the termination date, is entitled to count a qualifying employment of at least two years; and

(e)has a total membership not exceeding 40 years.

(2) Where this Part applies, the Scheme employer may, not later than six months after the termination date, decide to pay compensation under this Part; and in that event shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after the decision, notify the person in whose favour it has been made, giving details of the calculation of the compensation.

(3) The amount of compensation must not exceed one week’s pay for each complete week between the termination date and the person’s normal retirement date (“NRD”) or, if he is not a Scheme member, the date that would be his NRD if he were and, subject to that, must not exceed 66 weeks' pay or, if less, whichever of sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) applies to him—

(a)if the employee is at least 18 but under 20 on the termination date, half a week’s pay for each complete year of qualifying employment after he became 18;

(b)if the employee is at least 20 but under 23 on the termination date—

(i)half a week’s pay for each complete year of qualifying employment after he became 18; and

(ii)an additional half a week’s pay for each complete year of qualifying employment after he became 20;

(c)if the employee is at least 23 but under 41 on the termination date, two weeks' pay for each complete year of qualifying employment after he became 18; or

(d)if the employee is at least 41 on the termination date—

(i)two weeks' pay for each complete year of qualifying employment after he became 18; and

(ii)an additional three weeks' pay for each complete year of qualifying employment after he became 41.

(4) Chapter II of Part XIV (interpretation) of the 1996 Act (calculation of a week’s pay) shall apply for the purpose of calculations under paragraph (3) as it applies for the purpose of calculating redundancy payments but with the substitution for references to the calculation date of references to the termination date.

(5) In calculating compensation under this Part the Scheme employer shall exclude any years of qualifying employment which they or any other Scheme employer have taken into account when calculating compensation already paid under these Regulations or other regulations made under section 24 of the 1972 Act, other than years of concurrent qualifying employment.

(6) If the person in whose favour a determination under paragraph (2) has been made receives a redundancy payment, the equivalent amount shall be deducted from the compensation otherwise payable to him under this Part.

(7) Compensation payable under this Part shall be paid by the Scheme employer, as soon as practicable after the determination under paragraph (2), in the form of a lump sum.

PART IVALTERNATIVE DISCRETIONARY AWARDS FOR THOSE AGED 50 AND OVER

Persons eligible for discretionary awards

7.—(1) A person is an eligible person for this Part if he satisfies the requirements in paragraph (2).

(2) The requirements are that, on the termination date—

(a)he is not entitled to have his case considered for long-term compensation or retirement compensation under section 259 (compensation for loss of office) of the Local Government Act 1972(3) or under any statutory provision to similar effect;

(b)that his total membership is not to be increased under regulation 52 of the Pension Regulations (power of employing authority to increase total membership of members leaving employment at or after 50) because of the terminated employment;

(c)that he is not to receive compensation for the terminated employment under regulation 6 of these Regulations;

(d)he is at least 50, but under 65 or, if he is a coroner, under 70;

(e)the total of—

(i)his total membership(4),

(ii)any periods of superannuable membership(5), and

(iii)any increase in membership under regulation 13 of the Transitional Regulations,

is 5 years or more; and

(f)his total membership is not more than 40 years; or

(g)if he is an assumed member, any periods which would count as periods of special service—

(i)amount in total to at least 5 years; and

(ii)do not in total exceed 40 years.

Award of credited period by way of compensation

8.—(1) An employing authority may award a credited period to an eligible person.

(2) A credited period must not exceed whichever is the shortest of—

(a)the difference between his total membership and 40 years;

(b)the period beginning with the day after the termination date and ending on his 65th birthday, less the period of his residual entitlement (if any);

(c)the total of—

(i)his total membership; and

(ii)any period which counts as a period of superannuable membership; and

(iii)any increase in membership under regulation 13 of the Transitional Regulations,

or, if he is an assumed member, any period which would count or any increase which would be awarded apart from a relevant disqualification and on the relevant assumptions; and

(d)10 years.

(3) An award may not be made later than six months after the termination date.

Period of residual entitlement

9.—(1) A person has residual entitlement (regulation 8(2)(b)) if he has been awarded a credited period in respect of an earlier cessation.

(2) The period of his residual entitlement is that found by applying the formula

where—

  • A is his earlier extra service, or if paragraph (3) applies to him, that service as reduced in accordance with paragraph (4);

  • B is the length of the terminated employment;

  • C is the total of any other periods during which he was or could have been a Scheme member, being periods between the end of the first employment for which earlier extra service was granted and the beginning of the terminated employment; and

  • D is the period between the end of the first employment for which earlier extra service was granted and the termination date.

(3) This paragraph applies to a person—

(a)who, after an earlier cessation or, if there has been more than one, the first of them, has ceased to hold another employment (“his subsequent employment”); and

(b)whose earlier extra service has been reduced by the whole or part of the period of his subsequent employment; or

(c)whose retirement payment attributable to that earlier extra service has been reduced on account of the whole or part of the period of his subsequent employment.

(4) The earlier extra service of a person to whom paragraph (3) applies shall be reduced by the period of his subsequent employment or, where the reduction in paragraph (3)(b) or (c) was of, or attributable to, part of that period, by that part.

Lump sum compensation

10.—(1) Subject to Part V, an eligible person who has been awarded a credited period is entitled to compensation in the form of a lump sum if—

(a)on ceasing to hold the terminated employment, he is entitled to a retirement grant under regulation 26 (redundancy, etc.) of the Pension Regulations; or

(b)but for a relevant disqualification, he would be so entitled on the relevant assumptions.

(2) The amount of lump sum compensation payable, unless adjusted in accordance with Part V, is an amount equal to that by which his retirement grant would be increased on the relevant assumptions and in accordance with the Pension Regulations if his total membership were increased by the credited period.

Annual compensation: general provision

11.—(1) Subject to Part V, an eligible person who has been awarded a credited period is entitled to annual compensation.

(2) The rate at which annual compensation is payable, unless adjusted in accordance with Parts V, VI or VII, is the same as that by which the pension to which—

(a)he is entitled under regulation 26 of the Pension Regulations; or

(b)would be so entitled, but for a relevant disqualification

would be increased, on the relevant assumptions and in accordance with those Regulations, if his total membership were increased by the relevant credited period.

(3) Annual compensation is payable from the day after the termination date.

PART VEFFECT OF OTHER RECEIPTS ON PART IV COMPENSATION

Effect of occupational pension

12.—(1) Where the conditions in paragraph (2) are met, a person’s basic entitlement shall, if necessary, be reduced so that the total of the annual rates for the time being of—

(a)any occupational pension to which the person is entitled and which is being paid;

(b)his pension under regulation 26 of the Pension Regulations; and

(c)his annual compensation,

is not more than the relevant amount.

(2) The conditions are—

(a)that immediately before the termination date the person was entitled to an occupational pension in respect of any period (whether or not it was being paid); and

(b)that the total of that period, his total membership and any credited period is more than 40 years.

Effect of redundancy payments

13.—(1) This regulation applies to a person who, in respect of any terminated employment—

(a)has been awarded a credited period that is longer than 6⅔ years; and

(b)has received, or is entitled to receive, a redundancy payment under Part XI of the 1996 Act or compensation under Part II of these Regulations.

(2) If, but for this paragraph, such a person would be entitled—

(a)to lump sum compensation of an amount which is equal to or less than the calculated amount, he shall not be entitled to any such compensation;

(b)to lump sum compensation of an amount which is greater than the calculated amount, his lump sum compensation shall be reduced by the calculated amount.

(3) If a person to whom this regulation applies has no entitlement to lump sum compensation—

(a)because sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (2) applies, his basic entitlement shall be reduced by the appropriate percentage of the difference (if any) between the amounts referred to in that sub-paragraph;

(b)for any other reason, his basic entitlement shall be reduced by the appropriate percentage of the calculated amount.

(4) The calculated amount is that found by applying the formula—

where—

  • A is an amount equal to 30 per cent of the total amount of the redundancy payment and compensation referred to in paragraph (1)(b),

  • B is the amount, expressed in years and fractions of a year to the nearest day, by which the credited period exceeds 6⅔, and

  • C is the total amount of any reductions made in the redundancy payment and compensation referred to in paragraph (1)(b) in accordance with the 1965 Regulations.

Effect of other termination payments

14.—(1) This regulation applies to a person who—

(a)has been awarded a credited period; and

(b)receives a termination payment from his employing authority.

(2) Such a person shall not be entitled to lump sum compensation if, after deduction of the calculated amount (where required by regulation 13), the amount of that compensation would be the same as, or less than, the termination payment.

(3) The amount payable to a person who is entitled to lump sum compensation is the amount remaining after the deduction of the termination payment and, where required, the calculated amount.

(4) The basic entitlement of a person to whom this regulation applies shall be adjusted (in addition to any other adjustment required by regulations 13, 17, 19 and 20)—

(a)if, after the deduction of the calculated amount (where required by regulation 13), his termination payment exceeds his lump sum compensation, by the deduction of the amount of that excess;

(b)if he is not entitled to lump sum compensation for a reason other than the operation of paragraph (2), by the deduction of the amount of the termination payment;

(c)if he receives the whole or part of the termination payment after a credited period has been awarded and his compensation has not been adjusted on account of that payment, by the deduction of the amount received.

(5) Where adjustments to a person’s basic entitlement are required in accordance with paragraph (4), no instalment of annual compensation is payable to him until the total of the deductions under that paragraph equals the amount of the adjustment.

Effect of periodic payments

15.—(1) A person who receives periodic payments from his employing authority shall not be entitled to annual compensation for any period in which the total of the periodic payments received is greater than his basic entitlement (as adjusted, where required, under regulations 13, 14, 17 and 19) otherwise payable for that period.

(2) The amount payable to a person who—

(a)receives periodic payments from his employing authority; and

(b)is entitled to annual compensation for a period,

is the amount of his basic entitlement for that period (as adjusted, where required, under regulations 13, 14, 17 and 19) less the total of the periodic payments received for that period.

PART VIEFFECT OF NEW EMPLOYMENT ON PART IV COMPENSATION

Interpretation: Part VI

16.—(1) In this Part, “annual compensation” means the annual compensation, after any necessary adjustment in accordance with Part V, which would, apart from regulation 17, be payable to a person under these Regulations.

(2) For the purposes of this Part, a person—

(a)whose contractual hours in a new employment are altered; or

(b)who is transferred to another post with the same employing authority at an altered rate of pay,

shall be treated as if he had again entered a new employment.

Reduction of annual compensation

17.—(1) Where a person to whom a credited period has been awarded enters a new employment, the employing authority must reduce his annual compensation by such amount (if any) as they consider appropriate.

(2) In deciding what is appropriate, the employing authority must secure that the person is not able to obtain for himself a total annual amount comprising—

(a)the annual rate of pay from his new employment, and

(b)financial benefits under these Regulations and the Pension Regulations,

greater than the annual rate of pay to which he would have been entitled had he remained in his terminated employment.

(3) If that position cannot be secured by reduction of his annual compensation, his entitlement to that compensation shall be suspended.

(4) The reduction or suspension referred to in paragraph (3) shall apply for so long as the person concerned holds the new employment.

(5) For the purposes of this regulation, the reference to the “annual rate” of pay of the terminated employment is a reference to the annual rate of such pay with official increases.

PART VIIEFFECT OF CESSATION OF NEW EMPLOYMENT ON PART IV COMPENSATION

Interpretation: Part VII

18.—(1) In this Part, “annual compensation” means the compensation payable to a person under regulation 11 after any necessary adjustment in accordance with regulation 13.

(2) For the purposes of this Part, a person—

(a)whose contractual hours in a new employment are altered; or

(b)who is transferred to another post with the same employing authority at an altered rate of pay,

shall be treated as if he had again entered a new employment.

Effect of cessation of new employment

19.—(1) Where a person who has been awarded a credited period has ceased to hold a new employment in which he was a Scheme member or an assumed member, and the sum, in years, of—

(a)his earlier extra service adjusted in accordance with paragraph (4) of regulation 9 if paragraph (3) of that regulation applies to him; and

(b)his total membership for the purpose of calculating under the Pension Regulations, on the relevant assumptions, his retirement pension on cessation of his new employment,

exceeds the total membership which would have been used for the purpose of that calculation if he had held his terminated employment until his 65th birthday, his employing authority must reduce his annual compensation by such amount as they consider appropriate.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation, “total membership” includes membership which would be excluded by virtue of paragraph (4) of regulation 9 of the Pension Regulations (periods of membership: “total membership” and transfer of rights).

(3) In deciding what is appropriate, the employing authority must seek to secure that the person is not able to obtain for himself or for any dependant of his greater financial benefits under these Regulations and the Pension Regulations than those to which he or they would have been entitled had he remained in his terminated employment until age 65.

(4) But if the position referred to in paragraph (3) cannot be secured by reduction of his annual compensation, his entitlement to that compensation shall cease.

PART VIIISURRENDERS AND AWARDS TO SURVIVING SPOUSESAND CHILDREN

Surrender of part of annual compensation

20.—(1) A person who, under regulation 33 (surrenders of pension) of the Pension Regulations, has been allowed to surrender part of the retirement pension to which he would otherwise have been entitled on ceasing to hold his former employment, may (having been awarded a credited period) notify his employing authority, in accordance with paragraph (2) or (3), that he wishes to surrender part of his annual compensation.

(2) A person who has not entered a new employment must give notice within one month of the date on which he is notified of the award of a credited period or, if later, his NRD(6).

(3) A person who has entered a new employment must give notice within one month of—

(a)the date on which that employment ends;

(b)the date on which he is notified of any adjustment made by reason of the ending of that employment; or

(c)his NRD,

whichever is the latest.

(4) A person to whom paragraph (1) applies may surrender the same percentage of his annual compensation as that surrendered under the Pension Regulations so that, if he is survived by his spouse or a dependant of his (“the beneficiary”), the equivalent value of that part is paid instead to the beneficiary.

(5) On the death of the person who has surrendered part of his annual compensation the beneficiary becomes entitled to annual compensation at a rate equivalent to the value of the surrender in the beneficiary’s favour at the time when the surrender was made.

(6) The equivalent rate is such rate as is indicated in guidance issued by the Government Actuary.

(7) If the surrender is allowed, it has effect from the date the person who has made the surrender retires from his employment.

(8) But it does not take effect if the beneficiary or that person dies before that date, and it ceases to have effect if the beneficiary dies before that person.

(9) A person to whom regulation 33 of the Pension Regulations does not apply, because of a relevant disqualification, may notify his employing authority as mentioned in paragraph (1) and paragraph (4) shall apply in his case as if—

(a)for “paragraph (1)” there were substituted “paragraph (9)”; and

(b)for “the same percentage of his annual compensation as that surrendered under the Pension Regulations” there were substituted “such part of his annual compensation, not exceeding one third, as he may specify in his notice under paragraph (2) or (3)”.

(10) In this regulation “annual compensation” means the compensation payable to a person under regulation 11, subject to any necessary adjustment—

(a)in accordance with regulation 13;

(b)if he is a person to whom an allowance for life has been granted (see regulation 15(2)), in accordance with that regulation;

(c)under regulation 19.

Awards to surviving spouses

21.—(1) This regulation applies where, on the death of a person who has been awarded a credited period, there is a surviving spouse—

(a)who is entitled to receive a pension under regulations 40 to 43 (surviving spouses' pensions) of the Pension Regulations in respect of the deceased’s terminated employment; or

(b)who would be so entitled apart from—

(i)a relevant disqualification with respect to the deceased (and on the relevant assumptions); or

(ii)the transfer of benefits to another pension scheme.

(2) This regulation also applies where the deceased is survived by more than one spouse if both, or all, of them are, or but for the matters mentioned in paragraph (1)(b) would be, jointly entitled to receive such a pension as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); and in such a case references in the following paragraphs (in whatever terms) to an entitlement of the surviving spouse are references to the joint entitlement of the surviving spouses.

(3) Where this regulation applies, the surviving spouse is entitled to receive—

(a)surviving spouse’s short-term compensation—

(i)for six months after the date of the death if she has in her care one or more eligible children of hers or of another surviving spouse of the deceased;

(ii)otherwise, for three months after that date; and

(b)after that period, surviving spouse’s long-term compensation,

but if the marriage took place after the termination date, the surviving spouse is only entitled to receive compensation under this regulation if she is entitled to a surviving spouse’s pension under the Pension Regulations (or would be so entitled apart from the matters mentioned in paragraph (1)(b)).

(4) Where there is a joint entitlement under this regulation the employing authority may decide how it shall be apportioned.

(5) Subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), the surviving spouse of an eligible person who ceased employment before 1st April 1998 is not entitled to any compensation under this regulation during any subsequent marriage or period of cohabitation outside marriage, and is entitled to long-term compensation from the end of such marriage or period only if the employing authority so decide.

(6) Where a widower and a widow marry each other or cohabit with each other outside marriage and both—

(a)are entitled to short-term or long-term compensation under this regulation; and

(b)are the surviving spouses of eligible persons who ceased employment before 1st April 1998,

only such one of them as they may choose shall be so entitled; and the other shall cease to be so entitled until the end of the marriage or cohabitation.

(7) The employing authority may determine by resolution in any case where the surviving spouse had not, as at 1st April 1998, entered into a subsequent marriage or a period of cohabitation that paragraph (5) or (6), as appropriate, shall not apply.

Amount of surviving spouse’s short-term and long-term compensation

22.—(1) Surviving spouse’s short-term compensation is payable at an annual rate equal to that at which annual compensation would have been payable to the deceased immediately before his death in accordance with these Regulations, ignoring—

(a)any adjustment in accordance with regulation 14 or 15, or

(b)where the adjustment is under regulation 19 and is to take into account an entitlement to lump sum compensation, such an adjustment under regulation 19.

(2) Surviving spouse’s long-term compensation is the relevant fraction of the annual compensation which would have been payable to the deceased immediately before his death in accordance with these Regulations ignoring any adjustment—

(a) under regulation 13, 14, 15 or 20, and

(b)if at the time of his death the deceased was in a new employment in which he was not a Scheme member, under regulation 17.

(3) Where at the time of his death the deceased was in a new employment in which he was a Scheme member, the employing authority must decide the extent to which any reduction made by them under regulation 19 to the annual compensation is to be taken into account.

(4) The amount payable under regulation 21 for a period to a surviving spouse who receives periodic payments is the amount which would have been paid to her for that period, less the total of the periodic payments received for that period.

Short-term compensation for children

23.—(1) This regulation applies where a person who has been awarded a credited period dies, leaving one or more eligible children—

(a)who are entitled to a short-term pension under regulation 45 (children’s short-term pensions) of the Pension Regulations; or

(b)who would be so entitled but for—

(i)a relevant disqualification with respect to the deceased (and on the relevant assumptions); or

(ii)the transfer of benefits to another pension scheme.

(2) Where this regulation applies, but subject to paragraph (3), the eligible children are entitled to, or to have paid for their benefit, children’s short-term compensation for the same period as that for which their short-term pension is payable under regulation 45(2) or (3) of the Pension Regulations.

(3) An eligible child is not entitled to compensation under paragraph (2) for any period during which he is in the care of a surviving spouse who is entitled to short-term compensation under regulation 21.

(4) Children’s short-term compensation is payable at an annual rate equal to that at which annual compensation would have been payable to the deceased in accordance with these Regulations, ignoring any adjustment in accordance with regulation 14 or 15 or under regulation 19.

(5) If eligible children to whom or for whose benefit periodic payments are made are entitled to children’s short-term compensation for a period, the amount payable to or for their benefit for that period is the amount which would have been paid to them (in accordance with paragraph (1) or (2)) for that period, less the total of any periodic payments made for that period.

Long-term compensation for children

24.—(1) This regulation applies where a person who has been awarded a credited period dies, leaving one or more eligible children—

(a)who are entitled to a long-term pension under regulation 46 (children’s long-term pensions) of the Pension Regulations; or

(b)who would be so entitled but for—

(i)a relevant disqualification with respect to the deceased (and on the relevant assumptions); or

(ii)the transfer of benefits to another pension scheme.

(2) Where this regulation applies, but subject to paragraph (3), the eligible children are entitled to receive, or to have paid for their benefit, children’s long-term compensation for the same period as that for which their long-term pension is payable under regulation 46(2) or (3) of the Pension Regulations.

(3) An eligible child is not entitled to compensation under paragraph (2) for any period in which the total of periodic payments made to him and any other eligible children or for their benefit for that period is greater than the amount of children’s short-term compensation which would otherwise have been paid to them or for their benefit for that period.

(4) Children’s long-term compensation is payable at an annual rate equal to the relevant fraction of the deceased’s annual compensation.

(5) Paragraphs (2) and (3) of regulation 22 shall apply in relation to children’s long-term compensation as they apply in relation to long-term compensation for surviving spouses as if the reference in paragraph (3) to regulation 21 were a reference to this regulation.

Payment of children’s compensation

25.—(1) Where children’s compensation is payable to, or for the benefit of, the same children to whom, or for whose benefit, children’s pensions are payable under regulation 47 (discretions as to payment of children’s pensions) of the Pension Regulations, the compensation shall be paid to the same person and, if applicable, in the same proportions as the pension is paid under that regulation.

(2) If the only reason why a children’s pension is not paid under regulation 47 of the Pension Regulations is—

(a)a relevant disqualification with respect to the deceased; or

(b)the transfer of benefits to another pension scheme,

the employing authority shall decide to whom the children’s compensation is paid and, if applicable, how it is to be apportioned amongst the eligible children.

PART IXINFORMATION ABOUT AND PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION

Policy statements

26.—(1) Each employing authority must formulate, publish and keep under review—

(a)the policy that they apply in the exercise of their discretionary powers under Parts II to IV and Parts VI to VIII, and

(b)the policy they apply in the exercise of their duty under regulations 17 and 19 to reduce annual compensation.

(2) If the authority decide to change either policy, they must publish a statement of the amended policy within one month of the date of their decision.

(3) The authority must not give effect to any policy change until one month has passed since the date of publication of the statement under paragraph (2).

(4) In formulating and reviewing their policies the authority must—

(a)have regard to the extent to which the exercise of their discretionary powers (in accordance with the policy), unless properly limited, could lead to a serious loss of confidence in the public service; and

(b)be satisfied that the policy is workable, affordable and reasonable having regard to the foreseeable costs.

Information relevant to compensation—employing authorities

27.—(1) Within one month after the date of—

(a)the award of a credited period;

(b)the death of a person in respect of whom a credited period had been awarded; or

(c)the making of any adjustment affecting the compensation payable to, or for the benefit of, a person under any of Parts IV to VIII,

the employing authority must, by notice in writing, inform the recipient of the effect of the award or the adjustment, as the case may be, giving details of any relevant calculation.

(2) The employing authority may at any time, by notice in writing, require a person to whom compensation is payable under any of Parts IV to VIII—

(a)to supply such information; and

(b)to produce such documents in support of that information,

as they may reasonably require for the discharge of their functions under these Regulations; and may require the information and documents to be supplied and produced within such reasonable period as may be specified in the notice.

Information relevant to compensation—individuals

28.—(1) Within one month after the date of his entry into, or departure from, a new employment, a person to whom a credited period has been awarded must, by notice in writing, inform his employing authority of that fact.

(2) A person who has received a notice under regulation 27(2) must supply the information and produce the documents required (in so far as they are in his possession or under his control); and, if a period for their supply and production has been specified in the notice, must supply and produce them before the end of that period.

Payments and repayments

29.—(1) Any compensation payable under these Regulations—

(a)is payable to or in trust for the person entitled to receive it;

(b)is not assignable or chargeable with his debts or other liabilities; and

(c)on his bankruptcy, shall not vest in his trustee in bankruptcy as part of his estate.

(2) Compensation (other than compensation payable in a lump sum) payable to, or in respect of, a person shall be payable where the entitlement arises under Parts IV or VIII, at the same intervals as those at which his pension is payable under the Pension Regulations (or, but for a relevant disqualification and on the relevant assumptions or, as the case may be, the transfer of benefits to another pension scheme, would have been so payable).

(3) Where any compensation is paid in error to any person (including any overpayment)—

(a)the paying authority must, as soon as possible after the discovery of the error—

(i)inform the person concerned, by notice in writing, giving details of the relevant calculation;

(ii)where there has been an underpayment, make a further payment;

(iii)where there has been an overpayment, specify a reasonable period for repayment;

(b)a person who has received a notice under sub-paragraph (a) must repay any overpayment within the specified period; and

(c)the paying authority may take such steps as they consider appropriate to recover from the person to whom it was paid any overpayment which has not been repaid within the specified period.

(3) The paying authority shall take into account the person’s circumstances (so far as known or reasonably ascertainable), before taking steps under paragraph (3)(c).

Interest on late payments

30.—(1) Where all or part of any compensation due under either of Parts IV or VIII is not paid within the relevant period after the due date, the paying authority must pay interest on the unpaid amount to the person to whom it is payable.

(2) The rate of interest is one per cent. above base rate on a day to day basis from the due date to the date of payment, and compounded with three-monthly rests.

Authority by whom compensation is payable

31.—(1) Unless other provisions of these Regulations have a different effect, compensation payable under either of Parts IV or VIII shall be paid by the employing authority.

(2) The appropriate authority in relation to any person who is entitled to any compensation under these Regulations may agree with the employing authority to pay on their behalf any compensation arising in respect of that person and to recover the amount from the employing authority within such period (subject to paragraph (4)) and on such terms as the appropriate authority may determine.

(3) Lump sum compensation may not be paid from the pension fund maintained by the appropriate authority under the Pension Regulations.

(4) The amount of any other compensation paid from the pension fund by an appropriate authority on behalf of the employing authority must be recovered from the employing authority within two months from the payment.

PART XMISCELLANEOUS AND SUPPLEMENTARY

Finance

32.  The cost of any payment to be made under these Regulations must not be met out of any pension fund.

Transitional provisions and savings

33.  Schedule 4 shall have effect for the purpose of making transitional provisions and savings.

Consequential amendments

34.  Schedule 5 shall have effect for the purpose of making amendments which are consequential on the making of these Regulations.

Revocation of Regulations

35.  The following provisions and instruments are revoked—

  • The Local Government (Compensation for Redundancy) Regulations 1994(7);

  • The Local Government (Compensation for Redundancy) (Amendment) Regulations 1996(8);

  • Parts II to IV of, and Schedules 1 and 4 to, the 1996 Regulations(9);

  • so much of the Local Government (Discretionary Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 1998(10) as relates to Parts II to IV of the 1996 Regulations;

  • regulations 4 to 6 of the Local Government (Discretionary Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 1999(11);

  • regulations 2 and 3 of the Local Government (Discretionary Payments) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999(12).

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Hilary Armstrong

Minister of State,

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

24th May 2000

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