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Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009

Rule 25: MSP opt-in

104.If an individual who has opted out of the scheme is subsequently elected as an MSP, rule 25 sets out provisions which enable that individual to apply to rejoin as an MSP member of the scheme. Opt-in must be made by giving the Fund trustees written notification (see rule 108) within three months of election. Opt-in becomes effective from the election date.

105.A member opting in to the scheme has to pay to the Fund trustees the amount of contributions which would have been payable between the election date and the next day on which a scheme member contribution is due to be deducted from the MSP salary. Any outstanding sums must be paid by the “due date”, which is by the 28th day after the trustees have given the member details of the amount of scheme contributions payable, unless the Fund trustees determine that a longer period applies.

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