Explanatory Memorandum

Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

2015 CHAPTER 5

23 June 2015

Commentary on Sections

Part 1 – State Pension

Section 19: PrisonersSection 20: Overseas residents

These sections provide regulation-making powers to set out the arrangements for prisoners and overseas residents.

For prisoners, regulations may provide that a person is not to be paid a state pension whilst they are imprisoned, detained in legal custody or unlawfully at large. This is the same as under the current scheme.

For overseas residents, regulations may provide that such a person is not entitled to up-rating. This will enable similar provision to be made as under the current retirement pension scheme. Regulations under this section will be made taking into account provision under relevant treaties, such as those in respect of the European Union, and bi-lateral treaties providing for reciprocity in social security matters and which cover up-rating.