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  • specified provision(s) transitional provisions for effects of commencing S.I. 2017/297, art. 2 by S.R. 2017/58 Order

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Section 15.

SCHEDULE 11N.I.PENSION SHARING: AMENDMENTS

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The Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 7)N.I.

1  The Contributions and Benefits Act is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I1Sch. 11 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

2  In section 21 (contribution conditions), in subsection (1), after “section 55A” insert “ or 55AA ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I2Sch. 11 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3  In section 43 (persons entitled to more than one retirement pension), in subsection (6), after “section 55A” insert “ or 55AA ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I3Sch. 11 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

4—(1) Section 55A (shared additional pension) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For subsection (1) substitute—

(1) A person is entitled to a shared additional pension under this section if—

(a)the person attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016, and

(b)the person is entitled to an old state scheme pension credit..

(3) In subsections (2) and (3), after “shared additional pension” insert “ under this section ”.

(4) In subsections (3), (4), (5) and (7) before “state scheme pension credit” (in each place) insert “ old ”.

(5) At the end of the heading insert “ because of an old state scheme pension credit ”.

Commencement Information

I4Sch. 11 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

5  After section 55A insert—N.I.

55AA    Shared additional pension because of a new state scheme pension credit

(1) A person is entitled to a shared additional pension under this section if—

(a)the person attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016, and

(b)the person is entitled to a new state scheme pension credit.

(2) A person's entitlement to a shared additional pension under this section continues throughout his or her life.

(3) The weekly rate of a shared additional pension under this section is equal to the amount of the new state scheme pension credit.

(4) In this section “new state scheme pension credit” means a credit under Article 46A(2)(b) of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999..

Commencement Information

I5Sch. 11 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

6—(1) Section 55B (reduction of shared additional pension in Category A retirement pension: pension sharing) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1)(a), for “a” substitute “ an old ”.

(3) In subsection (5), for “55A above” substitute “ 55A or 55AA above (as the case may be) ”.

(4) In subsection (8), in the definition of “state scheme pension debit”, before “state” insert “ old ”.

Commencement Information

I6Sch. 11 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8)N.I.

7  In the Administration Act, after section 130AC (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—N.I.

130AD    Revaluation of new state scheme pension debits and credits

Whenever the Secretary of State makes an order under section 148AD of the Great Britain Administration Act, the Department may make a corresponding order for Northern Ireland..

Commencement Information

I7Sch. 11 para. 7 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (NI 11)N.I.

8  The Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I8Sch. 11 para. 8 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(k)

I9Sch. 11 para. 8 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

9—(1) Article 44 (shareable state scheme rights) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) After paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) For the purposes of this Chapter, a person's shareable state scheme rights are—

(a)the person's shareable old state scheme rights;

(b)the person's shareable new state scheme rights..

(3) In paragraph (2)—

(a)after “shareable” insert “ old ”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (b), after “55A” insert “ or 55AA ”.

(4) After paragraph (2) add—

(3) For the purposes of this Chapter, a person's shareable new state scheme rights are the person's entitlement, or prospective entitlement, to the excess amount in a state pension under section4 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015.

(4) The excess amount”, in relation to a state pension under section4 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, means any amount by which the rate of the pension exceeds the full rate of the state pension (see section 3 of that Act).

(5) In determining the rate of a state pension under section4 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 for the purposes of this Chapter, ignore Schedule 6 to that Act (reduced rate elections: effect on rate of section 4 pension)..

Commencement Information

I10Sch. 11 para. 9 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

10  In Article 45 (activation of benefit sharing), in paragraph (1), for the words from the beginning to “shareable state scheme rights” substitute “ Article 46 or 46A applies where any of the following has taken effect in relation to a person's shareable state scheme rights ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I11Sch. 11 para. 10 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(k)

I12Sch. 11 para. 10 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

11—(1) Article 46 (creation of state scheme pension debits and credits) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For paragraph (1) substitute—

(A1) This Article applies if—

(a)the transferor is in the old state pension system, or

(b)the transferor is in the new state pension system but the transfer day was before 6 April 2016.

(1) Where this Article applies because of a relevant order or provision—

(a)the transferor is subject, for the purposes of the relevant state pension legislation, to a debit of the appropriate amount, and

(b)the transferee is entitled, for the purposes of the relevant state pension legislation, to a credit of that amount..

(3) In paragraph (2), after “shareable” insert “ old ”.

(4) In paragraph (3)(b), for “relevant” substitute “ shareable old ”.

(5) After paragraph (5) insert—

(5A) The fact that a person who reaches pensionable age on or after 6 April 2016 is not entitled to a pension of the kind mentioned in Article 44(2)(a) or (b) does not affect the calculation under this Article of the appropriate amount by reference to the transferor's prospective entitlement, immediately before the transfer day, to a pension of that kind..

(6) In paragraph (6), at the appropriate place insert—

“the relevant state pension legislation”—

(a)in relation to a transferor or transferee in the old state pension system, means Part 2 of the Contributions and Benefits Act, and

(b)in relation to a transferor or transferee in the new state pension system, means Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(7) At the end of the heading insert “ : transferor in old state pension system or pension sharing activated before 6 April 2016 ”.

Commencement Information

I13Sch. 11 para. 11 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

12  After Article 46 insert—N.I.

Creation of debits and credits: transferor in new state pension system and sharing activated on or after 6 April 2016

46A(1) This Article applies if—

(a)the transferor is in the new state pension system, and

(b)the transfer day is 6 April 2016 or any later date.

(2) Where this Article applies because of a relevant order or provision—

(a)the transferor is subject, for the purposes of section 14 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, to a debit of the shared weekly amount, and

(b)the transferee is entitled, for the purposes of the relevant state pension legislation, to a credit of the shared weekly amount.

(3) The shared weekly amount is the specified percentage of the excess amount of the transferor's state pension under section 4 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 as at the transfer day.

(4) For the purposes of calculating the shared weekly amount—

(a)a transferor who is under pensionable age on the transfer day is to be treated as having reached pensionable age and to have become entitled to the state pension under section 4 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 on the transfer day;

(b)a transferor who has reached pensionable age on the transfer day but who has not yet become entitled to the state pension under section 4 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 is to be treated as having become entitled to the pension on that day.

(5) In this Article—

the excess amount” has the meaning given by Article 44(4);

relevant order or provision” means the order or provision by virtue of which this Article applies (see Article 45);

“the relevant state pension legislation”—

(a)

in relation to a transferee in the old state pension system, means Part 2 of the Contributions and Benefits Act, and

(b)

in relation to a transferee in the new state pension system, means Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;

specified percentage” means the percentage specified in the relevant order or provision for the purposes of paragraph (3);

transfer day” means the day on which the relevant order or provision takes effect;

transferor” means the person to whose rights the relevant order or provision relates;

transferee” means the person for whose benefit the relevant order or provision is made..

Commencement Information

I14Sch. 11 para. 12 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

13—(1) Article 48 (interpretation) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) The current text becomes paragraph (1).

(3) In that paragraph for the definition of “shareable state scheme rights” substitute—

shareable state scheme rights”, and related expressions, have the meaning given by Article 44;.

(4) After that paragraph add—

(2) For the purposes of this Chapter—

(a)a person is in the old state pension system if the person reached pensionable age before 6 April 2016 (or would have done so if the person had lived until pensionable age), and

(b)a person is in the new state pension system if the person reached pensionable age on or after 6 April 2016 (or will do so if the person lives until pensionable age)..

Commencement Information

I15Sch. 11 para. 13 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 (c.14)N.I.

14  In section 16 of the State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 (meaning of “retirement pension income”), in subsection (1), for paragraph (b) substitute—N.I.

(b)a shared additional pension payable under—

(i)section 55A of either of those Acts, or

(ii)section 55AA of either of those Acts;.

Commencement Information

I16Sch. 11 para. 14 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

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