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SCHEDULES

Section 5.

SCHEDULE 1N.I.TRANSISTIONAL RATE OF STATE PENSION: CALCULATING THE AMOUNT

PART 1 N.I.INTRODUCTION

1—(1) This Schedule sets out how to calculate the amounts used to work out the transitional rate of a person's state pension.N.I.

(2) Part 2 of the Schedule sets out how to calculate the amount for a person's pre-commencement qualifying years.

(3) Part 3 of the Schedule sets out how to calculate the amount for a person's post-commencement qualifying years (if any).

Commencement Information

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

PART 2 N.I.AMOUNT FOR PRE-COMMENCEMENT QUALIFYING YEARS

How to calculate the amount for pre-commencement qualifying yearsN.I.

2  A person's amount for pre-commencement qualifying years is calculated as follows.N.I.

  • Step 1 - calculate the person's pension under the old system Calculate the weekly rate based on the old state pension and graduated retirement benefit (see paragraph 3 for more about this).

  • Step 2 - calculate a pension based on the new system Calculate the weekly rate based on the new state pension (see paragraph 4 for more about this).

  • Step 3 - take whichever rate is higher (the foundation amount) Take whichever of the rates found under Steps 1 and 2 is higher.

  • Step 4 - revalue to date when the person reached pensionable age Revalue the amount of that rate in accordance with paragraph 6.

The amount for the person's pre-commencement qualifying years is the amount as revalued under Step 4.

Commencement Information

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

Step 1: calculation of the person's pension under the old systemN.I.

3—(1) For the purposes of Step 1 of the calculation in paragraph 2, the weekly rate based on the old state pension and graduated retirement benefit is—N.I.

(a)the rate of any Category A retirement pension and graduated retirement benefit to which the person would have been entitled if the person had reached pensionable age on 6 April 2016, or

(b)the rate of any graduated retirement benefit to which the person would have been entitled under section 35(7) of the National Insurance Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 (persons not entitled to retirement pension) if the person had reached pensionable age on that date.

(2) The following rules apply for the purposes of calculating that rate.

(3) Calculate the rate that would have had effect on 6 April 2016 (but see sub-paragraph (6)).

(4) Ignore—

(a)the amendments made by paragraphs 45 and 47 of Schedule 12 (which limit Category A retirement pensions and graduated retirement benefit to people who reach pensionable age before 6 April 2016);

(b)any requirement to make a claim;

(c)any provision suspending payment of, or disqualifying a person from receiving, any amount;

(d)section 45B of the Contributions and Benefits Act (reduction of additional pension because of pension sharing);

(e)section 36 of the National Insurance Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 (graduated retirement benefit for widows etc.).

(5) Read the reference in section 45(4)(b) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (additional pension) to a person's working life as a reference to the period—

(a)beginning with the tax year in which the person reached 16, and

(b)ending with the tax year before the one in which the person actually reached pensionable age.

(6) If an order under section 132 or 132A of the Administration Act (up-rating) is made before 6 April 2016 and it provides for an increase to come into operation after that date, it is to be treated for the purposes of calculating the rate under this paragraph as having already come into operation.

(7) Where regulations under section 22(5ZA) of the Contributions and Benefits Act have the effect that a person is credited, on or after 6 April 2016, with earnings or contributions for a tax year starting before that date, the earnings or contributions are to be treated for the purposes of calculating the rate under this paragraph as having been credited before 6 April 2016.

(8) A determination under section 44A(2) of the Pension Schemes Act (contracting-out: reinstatement in state scheme following payment of contributions equivalent premium) made on or after 6 April 2016 is to be treated for the purposes of calculating the rate under this paragraph as having been made before 6 April 2016.

Commencement Information

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

Step 2: calculation of a pension based on the new systemN.I.

4—(1) For the purposes of Step 2 of the calculation in paragraph 2, the weekly rate based on the new state pension is as follows.N.I.

(2) If the person has 35 or more pre-commencement qualifying years, the rate is equal to—

(a)the full rate of the state pension on 6 April 2016, less

(b)any amount to reflect contracting out under the old system (see paragraph 5).

(3) If the person has fewer than 35 pre-commencement qualifying years, the rate is equal to—

(a)the appropriate proportion of the full rate of the state pension on 6 April 2016, less

(b)any amount to reflect contracting out under the old system (see paragraph 5).

(4) The “appropriate proportion”, in relation to a person, is—

.

Commencement Information

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

5—(1) In paragraph 4(2) and (3) references to an “amount to reflect contracting out under the old system” are to an amount equal to any difference between—N.I.

(a)the amount of any additional pension included in the Category A retirement pension calculated for the purposes of Step 1 of the calculation in paragraph 2, and

(b)the amount of any additional pension that would have been included if—

(i)sections 42 and 44A of the Pension Schemes Act were ignored, and

(ii)for the purposes of calculating the amounts referred to in section 45(2)(c) and (d) of the Contributions and Benefits Act any earnings paid to or for the benefit of the person in respect of contracted-out employment were treated as if they were not in respect of contracted-out employment.

(2) “Contracted-out employment” means employment qualifying a person for a pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme, a money purchase contracted-out scheme or an appropriate personal pension scheme (and expressions used in this definition have the same meaning as in the Pension Schemes Act).

Commencement Information

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

Step 4: revaluationN.I.

6—(1) This paragraph determines how the amount mentioned in Step 4 of the calculation in paragraph 2 is to be revalued for the purposes of that Step.N.I.

(2) If the amount is equal to or less than the full rate of the state pension on 6 April 2016, the amount is to be revalued in accordance with increases in the full rate of the state pension (see sub-paragraph (4)).

(3) If the amount is greater than the full rate of the state pension on 6 April 2016—

(a)so much of the amount as is equal to the full rate of the state pension on 6 April 2016 is to be revalued in accordance with increases in the full rate of the state pension (see sub-paragraph (4)), and

(b)so much of the amount as exceeds the full rate of the state pension on that date is to be revalued in accordance with increases in the general level of prices (see sub-paragraph (5)).

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (2) and (3)(a), an amount is revalued in accordance with increases in the full rate of the state pension by increasing it by the same percentage as any increase in the full rate of the state pension in the period—

(a)beginning with 6 April 2016, and

(b)ending with the day on which the person reached pensionable age.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(b), an amount is revalued in accordance with increases in the general level of prices by adding—

(a)the amount, and

(b)the amount multiplied by the revaluing percentage specified in the last order under section 130AC of the Administration Act to come into operation before the person reached pensionable age.

Commencement Information

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

PART 3 N.I.AMOUNT FOR POST-COMMENCEMENT QUALIFYING YEARS

7—(1) A person's amount for post-commencement qualifying years, (if any) is calculated as follows.N.I.

(2) If the person has 35 or more post-commencement qualifying years, the amount is equal to the full rate of the state pension on the day on which the person reached pensionable age.

(3) If the person has fewer than 35 post-commencement qualifying years, the amount is equal to the following proportion of the full rate of the state pension on the day on which the person reached pensionable age—

.

Commencement Information

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

Section 5.

SCHEDULE 2N.I.TRANSISTIONAL RATE OF STATE PENSION: UP-RATING

1  This Schedule sets out how to up-rate the transitional rate of a person's state pension.N.I.

Commencement Information

I8Sch. 2 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

2  In this Schedule a reference to the transitional rate of a person's state pension is to the rate—N.I.

(a)taking into account any reduction under section 14, but

(b)ignoring any increase under section 17.

Commencement Information

I9Sch. 2 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3—(1) The transitional rate of a person's state pension is to be increased under this paragraph if it is equal to or less than the full rate.N.I.

(2) If at any time the full rate of the state pension is increased, the person's transitional rate is increased (at that time) by the same percentage as the increase in the full rate.

Commencement Information

I10Sch. 2 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

4—(1) The transitional rate of a person's state pension is to be increased under this paragraph if it exceeds the full rate.N.I.

(2) If at any time the full rate of the state pension is increased, the person's transitional rate is increased (at that time) by the same amount as the amount by which the full rate is increased.

(3) If at any time an order under section 132B of the Administration Act comes into operation, the person's transitional rate is increased (at that time) by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the excess.

(4) In sub-paragraph (3)—

the appropriate percentage” means the percentage specified in the order, and

the excess” means the amount by which the transitional rate exceeded the full rate immediately before the order came into operation.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Sch. 2 para. 4(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (S.R. 2017/56), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(b)

C4Sch. 2 para. 4(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2018 (S.R. 2018/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(b)

C7Sch. 2 para. 4(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.R. 2019/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(b)

C9Sch. 2 para. 4(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3)(a), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (S.R. 2020/40), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(b)

C10Sch. 2 para. 4(3): sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (S.R. 2021/82), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(b)

Commencement Information

I11Sch. 2 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 7.

SCHEDULE 3N.I.SURVIVOR'S PENSION UNDER SECTION 7: INHERITED AMOUNT

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule—N.I.

(a)sets out the circumstances in which a person (the “pensioner”) is entitled to an inherited amount for the purpose of section 7, and

(b)determines that amount.

Commencement Information

I12Sch. 3 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Dead spouse or civil partner in old state pension system etc.N.I.

2—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the spouse or civil partner died before 6 April 2016,

(c)the pensioner was under pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died, and

(d)the pensioner would, on reaching pensionable age, have been entitled to a Category B retirement pension under section 48B(4) or (4A) or 48BB of the Contributions and Benefits Act if the words “before 6 April 2016” were omitted.

(2) The inherited amount is equal to the weekly rate at which that Category B retirement pension would have been payable on the day on which the pensioner reached pensionable age if any element of the rate attributable to the basic pension were ignored.

Commencement Information

I13Sch. 3 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the spouse or civil partner reached pensionable age before 6 April 2016 but died on or after that date,

(c)the pensioner was under pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died, and

(d)the pensioner would, on reaching pensionable age, have been entitled to a Category B retirement pension under section 48BB of the Contributions and Benefits Act if in subsection (3) of that section—

(i)the words “before 6 April 2016” were omitted, and

(ii)the reference to a bereavement allowance were a reference to bereavement support payment under section 29 of this Act.

(2) The inherited amount is equal to the weekly rate at which that Category B retirement pension would have been payable on the day on which the pensioner reached pensionable age if section 48BB(8) and (9) of the Contributions and Benefits Act were ignored.

Commencement Information

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

4—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the spouse or civil partner reached pensionable age before 6 April 2016 but died on or after that date,

(c)the pensioner was over pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died, and

(d)the pensioner would, when the spouse or civil partner died, have been entitled to a Category B retirement pension under section 48B(1) or (1A) of the Contributions and Benefits Act if the words “before 6 April 2016” were omitted.

(2) The inherited amount is equal to the weekly rate at which that Category B retirement pension would have been payable on the day on which the spouse or civil partner died if any element of the rate attributable to the basic pension were ignored.

Commencement Information

I15Sch. 3 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Dead spouse or civil partner in new state pension systemN.I.

5—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the pensioner was over pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died,

(c)the spouse or civil partner was, immediately before his or her death, entitled to a state pension payable at the transitional rate, and

(d)that transitional rate exceeded the full rate of the state pension.

(2) The inherited amount is half of the amount by which the transitional rate of the state pension for the spouse or civil partner exceeded the full rate of the state pension immediately before the death.

Commencement Information

I16Sch. 3 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

6—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the pensioner was under pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died,

(c)the spouse or civil partner was, immediately before his or her death, entitled to a state pension payable at the transitional rate,

(d)that transitional rate exceeded the full rate of the state pension, and

(e)the pensioner did not marry or form a civil partnership after the death and before reaching pensionable age.

(2) The inherited amount is half of the amount by which the transitional rate of the state pension for the spouse or civil partner would have exceeded the full rate of the state pension if he or she had been alive on the day on which the pensioner reached pensionable age.

Commencement Information

I17Sch. 3 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

7—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the pensioner was over pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died,

(c)the spouse or civil partner was under pensionable age when he or she died but would have been entitled to a state pension payable at the transitional rate if he or she had reached pensionable age on the day of the death, and

(d)that transitional rate would have exceeded the full rate of the state pension.

(2) The inherited amount is half of the amount by which the transitional rate of the state pension for the spouse or civil partner would have exceeded the full rate of the state pension if he or she had reached pensionable age on the day of the death.

Commencement Information

I18Sch. 3 para. 7 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

8—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the marriage took place or the civil partnership was formed before 6 April 2016,

(b)the pensioner was under pensionable age when the spouse or civil partner died,

(c)the spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2016,

(d)the spouse or civil partner was under pensionable age when he or she died,

(e)the spouse or civil partner would have been entitled to a state pension payable at the transitional rate if he or she had reached pensionable age on the same day as the pensioner,

(f)that transitional rate would have exceeded the full rate of the state pension, and

(g)the pensioner did not marry or form a civil partnership after the death and before reaching pensionable age.

(2) The inherited amount is half of the amount by which the transitional rate of the state pension for the spouse or civil partner would have exceeded the full rate of the state pension if he or she had reached pensionable age on the same day as the pensioner.

Commencement Information

I19Sch. 3 para. 8 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

SupplementaryN.I.

9  When determining entitlement to, or calculating, an inherited amount under this Schedule based on entitlement to an old state pension or a state pension under this Part ignore—N.I.

(a)any requirement to make a claim for that pension;

(b)any provision suspending payment of, or disqualifying a person from receiving, any amount of that pension.

Commencement Information

I20Sch. 3 para. 9 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 7.

SCHEDULE 4N.I.SURVIVOR'S PENSION UNDER SECTION 7: UP-RATING

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule sets out how to up-rate the rate of a person's state pension under section 7.N.I.

Commencement Information

I21Sch. 4 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

2  In this Schedule a reference to the rate of a person's state pension is to the rate—N.I.

(a)ignoring any reduction under section 7(4) (in the case of a state pension under section 7),

(b)taking into account any reduction under section 14 (in the case of a state pension under section 4), and

(c)ignoring any increase under section 17.

Commencement Information

I22Sch. 4 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3  In this Schedule a reference to “the amount of any state pension that has priority” means the rate of any state pension to which the person is entitled under section 2, 4 or 12.N.I.

Commencement Information

I23Sch. 4 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Rate of section 7 pension, when added to any priority pension, is less than the full rateN.I.

4—(1) The rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is to be increased under this paragraph if, when added to the amount of any state pension that has priority, it is equal to or less than the full rate of the state pension.N.I.

(2) If at any time the full rate is increased, the rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is increased (at that time) by the same percentage as the increase in the full rate.

Commencement Information

I24Sch. 4 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Rate of section 7 pension, when added to any priority pension, straddles the full rateN.I.

5—(1) The rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is to be increased under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the amount of any state pension that has priority is less than the full rate of the state pension, but

(b)the rate of the state pension under section 7, when added to the amount of any state pension that has priority, exceeds the full rate.

(2) If at any time the full rate of the state pension is increased, the rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is increased (at that time) by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the shortfall immediately before that time.

(3) If at any time an order under section 132B of the Administration Act comes into operation, the rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is increased (at that time) by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the excess immediately before the order comes into operation.

(4) In this paragraph—

  • “the appropriate percentage”—

    (a)

    in sub-paragraph (2), means the percentage by which the full rate is increased;

    (b)

    in sub-paragraph (3), means the percentage specified in the order;

  • the excess” means the amount by which the rate of the state pension under section 7, when added to the amount of any state pension that has priority, exceeds the full rate;

  • the shortfall” means the amount by which the amount of any state pension that has priority is less than the full rate.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C11Sch. 4 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (S.R. 2017/56), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C14Sch. 4 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2018 (S.R. 2018/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C17Sch. 4 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.R. 2019/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C19Sch. 4 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3)(a), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (S.R. 2020/40), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C20Sch. 4 para. 5(3): sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (S.R. 2021/82), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

Commencement Information

I25Sch. 4 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Priority pension alone is equal to or higher than the full rateN.I.

6—(1) The rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is to be increased under this paragraph if the amount of any state pension that has priority is equal to or higher than the full rate of the state pension.N.I.

(2) If at any time an order under section 132B of the Administration Act comes into operation, the rate of the person's state pension under section 7 is increased (at that time) by the percentage specified in the order.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C21Sch. 4 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (S.R. 2017/56), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C24Sch. 4 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2018 (S.R. 2018/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C27Sch. 4 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.R. 2019/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C29Sch. 4 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3)(a), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (S.R. 2020/40), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

C30Sch. 4 para. 6: sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (S.R. 2021/82), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(c)

Commencement Information

I26Sch. 4 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 9.

SCHEDULE 5N.I.SURVIVOR'S PENSION UNDER SECTION 9: INHERITED DEFERRAL AMOUNT

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule—N.I.

(a)sets out the circumstances in which a person (the “pensioner”) is entitled to an inherited deferral amount for the purpose of section 9, and

(b)determines that amount.

Commencement Information

I27Sch. 5 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Dead spouse or civil partner entitled to old state pension with deferral increaseN.I.

2—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited deferral amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the spouse or civil partner was entitled to an old state pension with an increase under paragraph 1 or 2A of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act, and

(b)the pensioner would, on reaching pensionable age or on the death of the spouse or civil partner, have been entitled to an old state pension if in the relevant provisions of the Contributions and Benefits Act—

(i)the words “before 6 April 2016” were omitted, and

(ii)any reference to a bereavement allowance included a reference to bereavement support payment under section 29 of this Act.

(2) The inherited deferral amount is equal to the amount by which the weekly rate of the old state pension for the pensioner would have been increased under paragraph 4 of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act on the day on which the pensioner became entitled to the inherited deferral amount.

(3) For the purposes of calculating the amount of that increase, paragraph 4(1A) of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act has effect as if after the words “apart from” (in each place) there were inserted “ this paragraph and ”.

Commencement Information

I28Sch. 5 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Dead spouse's or civil partner's entitlement to old state pension deferred at time of deathN.I.

3—(1) A pensioner whose spouse or civil partner has died is entitled to an inherited deferral amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the spouse's or civil partner's entitlement to an old state pension was deferred when he or she died, and

(b)the pensioner would, on reaching pensionable age or on the death of the spouse or civil partner, have been entitled to an old state pension if in the relevant provisions of the Contributions and Benefits Act—

(i)the words “before 6 April 2016” were omitted, and

(ii)any reference to a bereavement allowance included a reference to bereavement support payment under section 29 of this Act.

(2) The inherited deferral amount is equal to the amount by which the weekly rate of the old state pension for the pensioner would have been increased under paragraph 4 of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act on the day on which the pensioner became entitled to the inherited deferral amount.

(3) For the purposes of calculating the amount of that increase—

(a)a pensioner who is not entitled to a choice under section 8 is to be treated as having met the condition in paragraph 4(1)(c) of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act,

(b)a pensioner who has chosen under section 8 to be paid a state pension under section 9 is to be treated as having met the condition in paragraph 4(1)(b) of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act, and

(c)paragraph 4(1A) of Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act has effect as if after the words “apart from” (in each place) there were inserted “ this paragraph and ”.

(4) In this paragraph “deferred” has the meaning given by section 55(3) of the Contributions and Benefits Act.

Commencement Information

I29Sch. 5 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

“The relevant provisions” of the Contributions and Benefits ActN.I.

4  For the purposes of this Schedule “the relevant provisions” of the Contributions and Benefits Act are those mentioned in section 8(9)(b).N.I.

Commencement Information

I30Sch. 5 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

SupplementaryN.I.

5  When determining entitlement to, or calculating, an inherited deferral amount under this Schedule based on entitlement to an old state pension ignore—N.I.

(a)any requirement to make a claim for that pension;

(b)any provision suspending payment of, or disqualifying a person from receiving, any amount of that pension.

Commencement Information

I31Sch. 5 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 11.

SCHEDULE 6N.I.REDUCED RATE ELECTIONS: EFFECT ON RATE OF SECTION 4 PENSION

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule modifies the rules about the transitional rate of the state pension for a woman if a reduced rate election was in force in respect of her at the beginning of the relevant 35-year period (and expressions used in this paragraph have the same meaning as in section 11).N.I.

Commencement Information

I32Sch. 6 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Increased transitional rate for woman married to person over pensionable age etc.N.I.

2—(1) This paragraph applies to the woman if on reaching pensionable age—N.I.

(a)she is married to a person who has reached pensionable age, or

(b)she is in a civil partnership with a person who has reached that age.

(2) The transitional rate of the state pension for the woman is—

(a)the rate determined for her under section 5, or

(b)if higher, a weekly rate equal to the modified amount for her pre-commencement qualifying years alone.

(3) The modified amount for the woman's pre-commencement qualifying years alone is the amount that would be calculated under Schedule 1 for her pre- commencement qualifying years alone if the basic pension in any Category A retirement pension calculated for her for the purposes of paragraph 3 of that Schedule were equal to the basic Category B amount.

(4) “The basic Category B amount” is the amount specified in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 4 to the Contributions and Benefits Act on 6 April 2016.

Commencement Information

I33Sch. 6 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Increased transitional rate for widows or divorcees etc.N.I.

3—(1) This paragraph applies to the woman if on reaching pensionable age she is not married or in a civil partnership but she has been married or in a civil partnership before.N.I.

(2) The transitional rate of the state pension for the woman is—

(a)the rate determined for her under section 5, or

(b)if higher, a weekly rate equal to the modified amount for her pre-commencement qualifying years alone.

(3) The modified amount for the woman's pre-commencement qualifying years alone is the amount that would be calculated under Schedule 1 for her pre- commencement qualifying years alone if the basic pension in any Category A retirement pension calculated for her for the purposes of paragraph 3 of that Schedule were equal to the full amount of the basic pension.

(4) “The full amount of the basic pension” is the amount of the basic pension specified in section 44(4) of the Contributions and Benefits Act on 6 April 2016.

Commencement Information

I34Sch. 6 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Recalculation of transitional rate where circumstances changeN.I.

4[F1(1)]  If the woman is married or in a civil partnership on reaching pensionable age but the marriage or civil partnership comes to an end (because of the death of her spouse or civil partner or otherwise)—N.I.

(a)her transitional rate is to be recalculated applying paragraph 3(2), and

(b)Schedule 2 (up-rating) applies as if the recalculated rate had been the woman's transitional rate on the day on which she reached pensionable age.

[F2(2) For the purposes of this paragraph, a civil partnership is not to be treated as having come to an end—

(a)by reason of its having been—

(i)converted into a marriage under [F3Part 3 of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 or] section 9 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013;

(ii)changed into a marriage under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977;

(iii)changed into a marriage in accordance with provision made under section 10 of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014; or

(iv)changed into a marriage under Part 5 of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 and Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2014;

[F4(aa)by reason of its having been converted into a marriage under Part 3 or 4 of the Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 where it is a convertible Northern Ireland civil partnership as defined by regulation 2 of those Regulations;] or

(b)by reason of a marriage which has been treated in Northern Ireland as a civil partnership ceasing to be so treated with effect from 13 January 2020.]

[F5(3) For the purposes of this paragraph, a marriage is not to be treated as having come to an end by reason of its having been converted into a civil partnership under Part 3, 4 or 5 of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020.]

5—(1) If neither of paragraphs 2 and 3 applies to the woman but she subsequently comes within paragraph (a) or (b) of paragraph 2(1)—N.I.

(a)her transitional rate is to be recalculated applying paragraph 2(2), and

(b)Schedule 2 (up-rating) applies as if the recalculated rate had been the woman's transitional rate on the day on which she reached pensionable age.

(2) But the woman's rate is not to be recalculated under sub-paragraph (1) if it has already been recalculated under paragraph 4.

Commencement Information

I36Sch. 6 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

6  Nothing in paragraph 4 or 5 affects—N.I.

(a)the amount of state pension to which a woman is entitled for periods before that paragraph applies to her, or

(b)the amount of any increase under section 17 in a case where the period for which the woman's state pension is deferred has ended before that paragraph applies to her.

Commencement Information

I37Sch. 6 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 12.

SCHEDULE 7N.I.REDUCED RATE ELECTIONS: BASIC AMOUNT OF STATE PENSION UNDER SECTION 12

1  This Schedule—N.I.

(a)sets out the circumstances in which a woman is entitled to a basic amount for the purpose of section 12, and

(b)determines that basic amount.

Commencement Information

I38Sch. 7 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

2—(1) A woman is entitled to a basic amount under this paragraph if she has reached pensionable age, and—N.I.

(a)she is married to a person who has reached pensionable age, or

(b)she is in a civil partnership with a person who has reached that age.

(2) The basic amount is the amount specified in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 4 to the Contributions and Benefits Act on the day on which the woman became entitled under this paragraph.

Commencement Information

I39Sch. 7 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3—(1) A woman is entitled to a basic amount under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)on reaching pensionable age she is not married or in a civil partnership but she has been married or in a civil partnership before, or

(b)on reaching pensionable age she was married or in a civil partnership and the marriage or civil partnership has come to an end (because of the death of her spouse or civil partner or otherwise).

(2) The basic amount is the amount of the basic pension specified in section 44(4) of the Contributions and Benefits Act on the day on which the woman became entitled under this paragraph.

Commencement Information

I40Sch. 7 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

4  A woman who is entitled to a basic amount under paragraph 3 is not entitled to a basic amount under paragraph 2.N.I.

Commencement Information

I41Sch. 7 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 13.

SCHEDULE 8N.I.PENSION SHARING: APPROPRIATE WEEKLY RATE UNDER SECTION 13

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule sets out the appropriate weekly rate of a person's state pension under section 13.N.I.

Commencement Information

I42Sch. 8 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Appropriate weekly rate for pensioner with old state scheme pension creditN.I.

2—(1) This paragraph sets out the appropriate weekly rate if the person is entitled to a state pension under section 13 because of an old state scheme pension credit.N.I.

(2) If the person became entitled to the old state scheme pension credit in or after the final relevant year, the appropriate weekly rate is a weekly rate equal to the person's notional rate.

(3) If the person became entitled to the old state scheme pension credit before the final relevant year, the appropriate weekly rate is a weekly rate equal to the person's notional rate multiplied by the appropriate revaluation percentage.

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), a person's “notional rate” is the weekly rate of a notional pension under section 13 the cash equivalent of which would, on the valuation day, have been equal to the amount of the old state scheme pension credit.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (4) assume that the notional pension becomes payable on the later of—

(a)the day on which the person reaches pensionable age, and

(b)the valuation day.

(6) The “appropriate revaluation percentage” is the percentage specified, in relation to earnings factors for the tax year in which the person became entitled to the old state scheme pension credit, by the last order under section 130 of the Administration Act to come into operation before the end of the final relevant year.

(7) In this paragraph—

final relevant year” means the tax year immediately before that in which the person reaches pensionable age;

valuation day” means the day on which the person became entitled to the old state scheme pension credit.

Commencement Information

I43Sch. 8 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Appropriate weekly rate for pensioner with new state scheme pension creditN.I.

3—(1) This paragraph sets out the appropriate weekly rate if the person is entitled to a state pension under section 13 because of a new state scheme pension credit.N.I.

(2) If the person was over pensionable age when he or she became entitled to the new state scheme pension credit, the appropriate weekly rate is a weekly rate equal to the amount of the credit.

(3) If the person was under pensionable age when he or she became entitled to the new state scheme pension credit, the appropriate weekly rate is a weekly rate equal to the amount of the credit multiplied by the appropriate revaluation percentage.

(4) The “appropriate revaluation percentage” is the percentage specified, in relation to the tax year in which the person became entitled to the new state scheme pension credit, by the last order under section 130AD of the Administration Act to come into operation before the person reached pensionable age.

Commencement Information

I44Sch. 8 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

SupplementaryN.I.

4—(1) Regulations may make provision about the calculation and verification of notional rates under paragraph 2.N.I.

(2) The regulations may, in particular, provide—

(a)for calculation or verification in such manner as may be approved by or on behalf of the Government Actuary, or

(b)for things done under the regulations to be required to be done in accordance with guidance from time to time prepared by a person specified in the regulations.

Commencement Information

I45Sch. 8 para. 4 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(i)

I46Sch. 8 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 13.

SCHEDULE 9N.I.PENSION SHARING: UP-RATING STATE PENSION UNDER SECTION 13

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule sets out how to up-rate the rate of a person's state pension under section 13.N.I.

Commencement Information

I47Sch. 9 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

2  In this Schedule a reference to the rate of a person's state pension is to the rate—N.I.

(a)ignoring any reduction under section 7(4) (in the case of a state pension under section 7),

(b)taking into account any reduction under section 14 (in the case of a state pension under section 4), and

(c)ignoring any increase under section 17.

Commencement Information

I48Sch. 9 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3—(1) In this Schedule “the total amount of any state pension that has priority”, in relation to a person's state pension under section 13, means the sum of—N.I.

(a)the rate of any state pension to which the person is entitled under section 2, 4 or 12,

(b)the rate of any state pension to which the person is entitled under section 7, F6. . .

[F7(ba)the rate of any state pension to which the person is entitled under regulations made under section 10 which make provision corresponding or similar to section 7 and Schedules 3 and 4, and]

(c)the rate of any earlier state pension to which the person is entitled under section 13 (see sub-paragraph (2)).

(2) Where a person is entitled to two or more state pensions under section 13 because he or she has become entitled to two or more state scheme pension credits, a pension arising because of an earlier credit is an “earlier” state pension for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(c).

Rate of section 13 pension, when added to any priority pension, is less than the full rateN.I.

4—(1) The rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is to be increased under this paragraph if, when added to the total amount of any state pension that has priority, it is equal to or less than the full rate of the state pension.N.I.

(2) If at any time the full rate is increased, the rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is increased (at that time) by the same percentage as the increase in the full rate.

Commencement Information

I50Sch. 9 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Rate of section 13 pension, when added to any priority pension, straddles the full rateN.I.

5—(1) The rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is to be increased under this paragraph if—N.I.

(a)the total amount of any state pension that has priority is less than the full rate of the state pension, but

(b)the rate of the state pension under section 13, when added to the total amount of any state pension that has priority, exceeds the full rate.

(2) If at any time the full rate of the state pension is increased, the rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is increased (at that time) by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the shortfall immediately before that time.

(3) If at any time an order under section 132B of the Administration Act comes into operation, the rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is increased (at that time) by an amount equal to the appropriate percentage of the excess immediately before the order comes into operation.

(4) In this paragraph—

  • “the appropriate percentage”—

    (a)

    in sub-paragraph (2), means the percentage by which the full rate is increased;

    (b)

    in sub-paragraph (3), means the percentage specified in the order;

  • the excess” means the amount by which the rate of the state pension under section 13, when added to the total amount of any state pension that has priority, exceeds the full rate;

  • the shortfall” means the amount by which the total amount of any state pension that has priority is less than the full rate.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C31Sch. 9 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (S.R. 2017/56), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C34Sch. 9 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2018 (S.R. 2018/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C37Sch. 9 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.R. 2019/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C39Sch. 9 para. 5(3) sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3)(a), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (S.R. 2020/40), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C40Sch. 9 para. 5(3): sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (S.R. 2021/82), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

Commencement Information

I51Sch. 9 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Priority pension alone is equal to or higher than the full rateN.I.

6—(1) The rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is to be increased under this paragraph if the total amount of any state pension that has priority is equal to or higher than the full rate of the state pension.N.I.

(2) If at any time an order under section 132B of the Administration Act comes into operation, the rate of the person's state pension under section 13 is increased (at that time) by the percentage specified in the order.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C41Sch. 9 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (S.R. 2017/56), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C44Sch. 9 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2018 (S.R. 2018/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C47Sch. 9 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.R. 2019/58), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C49Sch. 9 para. 6 sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3)(a), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (S.R. 2020/40), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

C50Sch. 9 para. 6: sums amended (with effect in accordance with arts. 1(2)(3), 7 of the amending Rule) by The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 (S.R. 2021/82), arts. 1(1)(c), 6(4)(d)

Commencement Information

I52Sch. 9 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 14.

SCHEDULE 10N.I.PENSION SHARING: APPROPRIATE WEEKLY REDUCTION UNDER SECTION 14

IntroductionN.I.

1  This Schedule sets out the appropriate weekly reduction in the rate of a person's state pension for the purposes of section 14.N.I.

Commencement Information

I53Sch. 10 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Appropriate weekly reduction for person subject to old state scheme pension debitN.I.

2—(1) This paragraph sets out the appropriate weekly reduction if the person is subject to an old state scheme pension debit.N.I.

(2) If the person became subject to the old state scheme pension debit in or after the final relevant year, the appropriate weekly reduction is an amount equal to the person's notional rate.

(3) If the person became subject to the old state scheme pension debit before the final relevant year, the appropriate weekly reduction is an amount equal to the person's notional rate multiplied by the appropriate revaluation percentage.

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), a person's “notional rate” is the weekly rate of a notional pension under section 4 the cash equivalent of which would, on the valuation day, have been equal to the amount of the old state scheme pension debit.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (4) assume that the notional pension becomes payable on the later of—

(a)the day on which the person reaches pensionable age, and

(b)the valuation day.

(6) The “appropriate revaluation percentage” is the percentage specified, in relation to earnings factors for the tax year in which the person became subject to the old state scheme pension debit, by the last order under section 130 of the Administration Act to come into operation before the end of the final relevant year.

(7) In this paragraph—

final relevant year” means the tax year immediately before that in which the person reaches pensionable age;

valuation day” means the day on which the person became subject to the old state scheme pension debit.

Commencement Information

I54Sch. 10 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Appropriate weekly reduction for person subject to new state scheme pension debitN.I.

3—(1) This paragraph sets out the appropriate weekly reduction if the person is subject to a new state scheme pension debit.N.I.

(2) If the person was over pensionable age when he or she became subject to the new state scheme pension debit, the appropriate weekly reduction is an amount equal to the amount of the debit.

(3) If the person was under pensionable age when he or she became subject to the new state scheme pension debit, the appropriate weekly reduction is an amount equal to the amount of the debit multiplied by the appropriate revaluation percentage.

(4) The “appropriate revaluation percentage” is the percentage specified, in relation to the tax year in which the person became subject to the new state scheme pension debit, by the last order under section 130AD of the Administration Act to come into operation before the person reached pensionable age.

Commencement Information

I55Sch. 10 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

SupplementaryN.I.

4—(1) Regulations may make provision about the calculation and verification of notional rates under paragraph 2.N.I.

(2) The regulations may, in particular, provide—

(a)for calculation or verification in such manner as may be approved by or on behalf of the Government Actuary, or

(b)for things done under the regulations to be required to be done in accordance with guidance from time to time prepared by a person specified in the regulations.

Commencement Information

I56Sch. 10 para. 4 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(j)

I57Sch. 10 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 15.

SCHEDULE 11N.I.PENSION SHARING: AMENDMENTS

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

I58Sch. 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

I59Sch. 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

I60Sch. 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

I61Sch. 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

I62Sch. 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

I63Sch. 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

I64Sch. 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

I65Sch. 11 para. 8 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(k)

I66Sch. 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

I67Sch. 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

I68Sch. 11 para. 10 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(k)

I69Sch. 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

I70Sch. 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

I71Sch. 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

I72Sch. 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

I73Sch. 11 para. 14 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 23.

SCHEDULE 12N.I.STATE PENSION: AMENDMENTS

PART 1 N.I.AMENDMENTS TO DO WITH NEW STATE PENSION SYSTEM

The Forfeiture (Northern Ireland) Order 1982 (NI 14)N.I.

1  In Article 6 of the Forfeiture (Northern Ireland) Order 1982 (Commissioner to decide whether forfeiture rule applies to social security benefits), in the definition of “relevant enactment” in paragraph (5), after the entry relating to the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 insert— “ Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I74Sch. 12 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

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

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

Commencement Information

I75Sch. 12 para. 2 in operation at 25.2.2016 for specified purposes by S.R. 2016/68, art. 2(e)

I76Sch. 12 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

3  In section 1 (outline of contributory system), in subsection (1)(a), after “this Act” insert “ or any other Act or Northern Ireland legislation ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I77Sch. 12 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

4  In section 13 (Class 3 contributions), in subsection (2), omit “contribution”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I78Sch. 12 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

5  After section 19A insert—N.I.

19B    Extended meaning of benefit” etc. in Part 1

In this Part references to “benefit” or “contributory benefit” include benefit under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I79Sch. 12 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

6—(1) Section 22 (earnings factors) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (2)—

(a)in paragraph (a), omit the final “and”;

(b)after paragraph (b) insert

; and

(c)establishing entitlement to a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 and, where relevant, calculating the rate of a state pension under that Part..

(3) After subsection (5) insert—

(5ZA) Regulations may provide for crediting—

(a)for 1987-88 or any subsequent tax year, earnings or Class 2 or Class 3 contributions, or

(b)for any earlier tax year, contributions of any class,

for the purposes of bringing an earnings factor for that tax year to a figure which will make that year a “qualifying year”, “pre-commencement qualifying year” or “post-commencement qualifying year” of a person for the purposes of Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 (see sections 2(4) and 4(4) of that Act).

(5ZB) Regulations under subsection (5ZA) must provide for crediting a person with such contributions as may be specified in respect of periods on or after 6 April 1975 during which the person was—

(a)a spouse or civil partner of a member of Her Majesty's forces,

(b)accompanying the member on an assignment outside the United Kingdom, and

(c)not of a description specified in the regulations..

Commencement Information

I80Sch. 12 para. 6(1) in operation at 25.2.2016 for specified purposes by S.R. 2016/68, art. 2(e)

I81Sch. 12 para. 6(3) in operation at 25.2.2016 for specified purposes by S.R. 2016/68, art. 2(f)

I82Sch. 12 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

7  In section 121(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “benefit”, after paragraph (c) insert— “ (For the meaning of benefit” in Part 1, see also section 19B). ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I83Sch. 12 para. 7 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

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

8  The Administration Act is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I84Sch. 12 para. 8 in operation at 14.9.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(2)(a)

I85Sch. 12 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  In section 1 (entitlement to benefit dependent on claim), in subsection (4), before paragraph (a) insert—N.I.

(zb)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I86Sch. 12 para. 9 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

10  In section 5 (regulations about claims for and payments of benefits), in subsection (2), before paragraph (a) insert—N.I.

(zb)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I87Sch. 12 para. 10 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

11  In section 69 (overpayments - general), in subsection (11), before paragraph (a) insert—N.I.

(za)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I88Sch. 12 para. 11 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

12  In section 71 (overlapping benefits - general)—N.I.

(a)in subsection (1), after “adjusting” insert “ state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or ”;

(b)in subsection (4), before paragraph (a) insert—

(za)state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I89Sch. 12 para. 12 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

13  In section 115CA (interpretation of Part 6), in subsection (1), before paragraph (i) insert—N.I.

(hl)Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I90Sch. 12 para. 13 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

14  In section 116B (supply of other government information for fraud prevention and verification), in subsection (3)(b), before “or this Act” insert “ , Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I91Sch. 12 para. 14 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

15  In section 118 (regulations as to notification of deaths), in subsection (1), before “and this Act” insert “ , Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I92Sch. 12 para. 15 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

16  After section 130AB insert—N.I.

130AC    Revaluation for transitional pensions under Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

(1) Whenever the Secretary of State makes an order under section 148AC of the Great Britain Administration Act (revaluation for transitional pensions under Pensions Act 2014), the Department may make a corresponding order for Northern Ireland.

(2) The percentage specified in an order under subsection (1) is the “revaluing percentage” for the purposes of paragraph 6(5) of Schedule 1 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I93Sch. 12 para. 16 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

17  After section 132A insert—N.I.

132B    Up-rating of transitional state pensions under Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Whenever the Secretary of State makes an order under section 151A of the Great Britain Administration Act (up-rating of transitional state pensions under Pensions Act 2014), the Department may make a corresponding order for Northern Ireland..

Commencement Information

I94Sch. 12 para. 17 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

18—(1) Section 135A (power to anticipate pensions up-rating order) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1)(a)—

(a)for “150 or 150A” substitute “ 150, 150A or 151A ”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (i), after “by way of” insert “ state pension under the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, ”.

(3) In subsection (2), after “an award is made of” insert “ a state pension, ”.

Commencement Information

I95Sch. 12 para. 18 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

19—(1) Section 143 (general financial arrangements) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), before paragraph (a) insert—

(za)state pension and lump sums under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(3) In subsection (2)(a), after “Contributions and Benefits Act” insert “ , Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.

(4) In subsection (3)(b), after “that Act” insert “ or Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.

Commencement Information

I96Sch. 12 para. 19 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

20  In section 149 (Social Security Advisory Committee), in subsection (5) in the definition of “the relevant enactments”, before paragraph (b) insert—N.I.

(am)the provisions of Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I97Sch. 12 para. 20 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

21—(1) Section 155 (reciprocal agreements) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (3)(a), before “and the Contributions and Benefits Act” insert “ , Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.

(3) In subsection (4), before paragraph (b) insert—

(ag)to Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(4) In subsection (5)—

(a)after “Act 2007” insert “ or Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”;

(b)after paragraph (ac) insert—

(ad)state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I98Sch. 12 para. 21 in operation at 14.9.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(2)(c)

22  In section 163 (inalienability), in subsection (1), before paragraph (a) insert—N.I.

(zb)state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I99Sch. 12 para. 22 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

23  In section 166 (Assembly control of orders and regulations), in subsection (2)(b) after “132A,” insert “ 132B, ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I100Sch. 12 para. 23 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

24  In section 167(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “benefit”, before “a jobseeker's allowance” insert “ state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I101Sch. 12 para. 24 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (NI 2)N.I.

25  In Article 4 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (payments into National Insurance Fund out of appropriated money) in paragraph (1) in the definition of “estimated benefit expenditure”, in paragraph (a) after “paragraphs” insert “ (za), ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I102Sch. 12 para. 25 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 22)N.I.

26  In Schedule 2 to the 1995 Order (pensionable age), in paragraph 1, for “and Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007” substitute “ , Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 and the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I103Sch. 12 para. 26 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (NI 10)N.I.

27  The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I104Sch. 12 para. 27 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

28  In Article 4 (use of computers), in paragraph (2) at the end insertN.I.

or

(m)Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I105Sch. 12 para. 28 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

29  In Article 9 (decisions by the Department)—N.I.

(a)in paragraph (3), before sub-paragraph (b) insert—

(ab)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;;

(b)in paragraph (4), before “other than” insert “ or Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.

Commencement Information

I106Sch. 12 para. 29 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

30  In Article 12 (regulations with respect to decisions), in paragraph (3), in the definition of “the current legislation”, at the end insert “ and Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I107Sch. 12 para. 30 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

31  In Article 27 (restrictions on entitlement to benefit in certain cases of error), in paragraph (7), in the definition of “benefit”, after paragraph (f) insertN.I.

and

(g)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I108Sch. 12 para. 31 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

32  In Article 28 (correction of errors in decisions etc.), in paragraph (3) at the end insertN.I.

or

(j)Part1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I109Sch. 12 para. 32 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

33  In Schedule 3 (decisions against which an appeal lies), before paragraph 7 insert—N.I.

State pension: prisoners and overseas residentsN.I.

6C  A decision that a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 is not payable by reason of section 19 of that Act (prisoners).

6D  A decision that a person is not entitled to increases in the rate of a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 by reason of regulations under section 20 of that Act (overseas residents)..

Commencement Information

I110Sch. 12 para. 33 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 (c. 4)N.I.

34—(1) Section 38 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 (disclosure of state pension information) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (7), after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)the amount of any state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 a present or future entitlement to which has already accrued to that individual;

(ab)a projection of the amount of any state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 to which that individual is likely to become entitled, or might become entitled in particular circumstances;.

(3) In subsection (11), in the definition of “lump sum”, after “under” insert “ section 8 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or ”.

Commencement Information

I111Sch. 12 para. 34 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Social Security Fraud Act (Northern Ireland) 2001 (c. 17)N.I.

35  The Social Security Fraud Act (Northern Ireland) 2001 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I112Sch. 12 para. 35 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

36  In section 5A (definitions), in the definition of “disqualifying benefit”, before paragraph (a) insert—N.I.

(zb)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or under Part 1 of the Pensions Act 2014;.

Commencement Information

I113Sch. 12 para. 36 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

37  In section 9 (power to supplement and mitigate loss of benefit provisions), in subsection (3), before paragraph (c) insert—N.I.

(bf)state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or under Part 1 of the Pensions Act 2014;.

Commencement Information

I114Sch. 12 para. 37 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

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

38  The State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I115Sch. 12 para. 38 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

39  In section 7 (fixing of claimant's retirement provision for assessed income period), in subsection (6)(a), after “benefit under” insert “ Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I116Sch. 12 para. 39 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

40  In section 16 (meaning of “retirement pension income”), in subsection (1), before paragraph (a) insert—N.I.

(za)a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or under Part 1 of the Pensions Act 2014;.

Commencement Information

I117Sch. 12 para. 40 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (c. 7)N.I.

41  The Gender Recognition Act 2004 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I118Sch. 12 para. 41 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

42  In section 23(3) and (4) of that Act (power to modify statutory provisions) “enactment” includes sections 11 and 12 of, and Schedules 6 and 7 to, this Act.N.I.

Commencement Information

I119Sch. 12 para. 42 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

43—(1) Schedule 5 (benefits and pensions) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) After paragraph 6A insert—

Pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

6B(1) Any question—

(a)whether the person is entitled to a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 for any period after the certificate is issued, and

(b)(if so) the rate at which the person is so entitled for the period,

is to be decided as if the person's gender were the acquired gender.

(2) Accordingly, if (immediately before the certificate is issued) the person—

(a)is a woman entitled to a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, but

(b)has not attained the age of 65,

the person ceases to be so entitled when it is issued.

(3) And, conversely, if (immediately before the certificate is issued) the person—

(a)is a man who has attained the age at which a woman of the same age attains pensionable age, but

(b)has not attained the age of 65,

the person is to be treated for the purposes of Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 as attaining pensionable age when it is issued.

(4) But sub-paragraph (1) does not apply if and to the extent that the decision of any question to which it refers is affected by the payment or crediting of contributions, or the crediting of earnings, in respect of a period ending before the certificate is issued.

(5) If the person's acquired gender is the male gender, sections11 and 12 of, and Schedules 6 and 7 to, the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 (effect of reduced rate elections) apply in relation to the person as they apply in relation to a woman (but only once the person has reached pensionable age for a man).

(6) Paragraph 10 makes provision about deferment of state pensions under Part1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

(3) In paragraph 10, in sub-paragraph (1), after paragraph (za) insert—

(zb)a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015,.

Commencement Information

I120Sch. 12 para. 43 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2015N.I.

44  F8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N.I.

Textual Amendments

PART 2 N.I.AMENDMENTS TO DO WITH OLD STATE PENSION SYSTEM

Graduated retirement benefitN.I.

45—(1) Section 35 of the National Insurance Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 (graduated retirement benefit), so far as continuing in operation, is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (7), for “has attained pensionable age” substitute “ attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016 ”.

(3) In subsection (8), in the definition of “retirement pension”, after “any category” insert “ under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 ”.

Commencement Information

I121Sch. 12 para. 45 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Category A retirement pensionsN.I.

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

Commencement Information

I122Sch. 12 para. 46 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

47  In section 44(1) (Category A retirement pension), for paragraph (a) substitute—N.I.

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

Commencement Information

I123Sch. 12 para. 47 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

48—(1) Section 48 (use of former spouse's contributions) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), after “person” insert “ who attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016 ”.

(3) After subsection (2) insert—

(2A) Regulations under subsection (1) may not provide for contributions of a person in respect of times on or after 6 April 2016 to be treated as contributions of another person..

Commencement Information

I124Sch. 12 para. 48 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Category B retirement pensionsN.I.

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

Commencement Information

I125Sch. 12 para. 49 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

50  In section 23A (contributions credits for relevant parents and carers) in subsection (1)(b), after “section 48A” insert “ or 48AA ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I126Sch. 12 para. 50 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

51  In section 46 (modification of section 45 for calculating additional pension in certain benefits), in subsection (2), omit “48A(4) or” (in both places).N.I.

Commencement Information

I127Sch. 12 para. 51 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

52  For section 48A substitute—N.I.

48A    Category B retirement pension for married person or civil partner

(1) A married person is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his or her spouse if—

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

(b)the spouse—

(i)has attained pensionable age, and

(ii)satisfies the relevant contribution condition.

(2) But subsection (1) does not confer a right to a Category B retirement pension on a man whose spouse was born before 6 April 1950.

(3) A person who is a civil partner is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his or her civil partner (“the contributing civil partner”) if—

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

(b)the contributing civil partner—

(i)was born on or after 6 April 1950,

(ii)has attained pensionable age, and

(iii)satisfies the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(4) A Category B retirement pension payable under this section is payable at the weekly rate specified in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 4.

(5) A person ceases to be entitled to a Category B retirement pension under this section if—

(a)the person's spouse or civil partner dies (but see sections 48B and 51), or

(b)the person otherwise ceases to be married or in the civil partnership (but see section 48AA).

(6) In subsection (1)(b)(ii) “the relevant contribution condition” means—

(a)in a case where the spouse was born before 6 April 1945, the conditions in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3;

(b)in any other case, the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(7) For the purposes of any provision of this Act as it applies in relation to this section, no account is to be taken of any earnings factors of the spouse or contributing civil partner for the tax year beginning with 6 April 2016 or any later tax year.

48AA    Category B retirement pension for divorcee or former civil partner

(1) A person who has been in a marriage that has been dissolved is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his or her former spouse if—

(a)the person attained pensionable age—

(i)before 6 April 2016, and

(ii)before the marriage was dissolved, and

(b)the former spouse—

(i)attained pensionable age before the marriage was dissolved, and

(ii)satisfied the relevant contribution condition.

(2) But subsection (1) does not confer a right to a Category B retirement pension on a man whose former spouse was born before 6 April 1950.

(3) A person who has been in a civil partnership that has been dissolved is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his or her former civil partner if—

(a)the person attained pensionable age—

(i)before 6 April 2016, and

(ii)before the civil partnership was dissolved, and

(b)the former civil partner—

(i)was born on or after 6 April 1950,

(ii)attained pensionable age before the civil partnership was dissolved, and

(iii)satisfied the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(4) During any period when the person's former spouse or civil partner is alive, a Category B retirement pension payable under this section is payable at the weekly rate specified in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 4.

(5) During any period after the person's former spouse or civil partner is dead, a Category B retirement pension payable under this section is payable at the weekly rate of the basic pension specified in section 44(4).

(6) In subsection (1)(b)(ii) “the relevant contribution condition” means—

(a)in a case where the former spouse was born before 6 April 1945, the conditions in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3;

(b)in any other case, the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(7) For the purposes of any provision of this Act as it applies in relation to this section, no account is to be taken of any earnings factors of the former spouse or civil partner for the tax year beginning with 6 April 2016 or any later tax year.

(8) A voidable marriage or civil partnership which has been annulled is to be treated for the purposes of this section as if it had been a valid marriage or civil partnership which was dissolved at the date of annulment..

Commencement Information

I128Sch. 12 para. 52 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

53—(1) Section 48B (Category B retirement pension for widows and widowers) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For subsections (1) to (1A) substitute—

(1) A person (“the pensioner”) whose spouse died while they were married is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his or her spouse if—

(a)the pensioner attained pensionable age—

(i)before 6 April 2016, and

(ii)before the spouse died, and

(b)the spouse satisfied the relevant contribution condition.

(1ZA) But subsection (1) does not confer a right to a Category B retirement pension on a man who attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010.

(1ZB) In subsection (1)(b) “the relevant contribution condition” means—

(a)in a case where the spouse—

(i)died before 6 April 2010, or

(ii)died on or after that date having attained pensionable age before that date,

the conditions in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3, and

(b)in any other case, the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(1A) A person (“the pensioner”) whose civil partner died while they were civil partners of each other is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his or her civil partner if—

(a)the pensioner attained pensionable age—

(i)on or after 6 April 2010 but before 6 April 2016, and

(ii)before the civil partner died, and

(b)the civil partner satisfied the relevant contribution condition.

(1B) In subsection (1A)(b) “the relevant contribution condition” means—

(a)in a case where the deceased civil partner attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010, the conditions in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3, and

(b)in any other case, the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3..

(3) After subsection (3) insert—

(3A) For the purposes of any provision of this Act as it applies in relation to this section, no account is to be taken of any earnings factors of the deceased for the tax year beginning with 6 April 2016 or any later tax year..

(4) For subsection (4) substitute—

(4) A woman (“the pensioner”) whose husband died before she attained pensionable age is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of her husband if—

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

(b)the condition in subsection (5) is satisfied.

(4A) A man (“the pensioner”) whose wife died before he attained pensionable age is entitled to a Category B retirement pension by virtue of the contributions of his wife if—

(a)he attained pensionable age on or after 6 April 2010 but before 6 April 2016, and

(b)the condition in subsection (5) would have been satisfied on the assumption mentioned in subsection (7)..

(5) In subsection (6), after “subsection (4)” insert “ or (4A) ”.

(6) In subsection (7), for “(4)” substitute “ (4A) ”.

Commencement Information

I129Sch. 12 para. 53 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

54—(1) Section 48BB (Category B retirement pension: entitlement by reference to widowed parent's allowance or bereavement allowance where no dependent children) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), for “who has attained pensionable age” substitute “ who attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016 ”.

(3) In subsection (3), for “who has attained pensionable age” substitute “ who attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016 ”.

Commencement Information

I130Sch. 12 para. 54 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

55—(1) Section 48C (Category B retirement pension: general) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (3), for “sections 48A(4)(b) and” substitute “ section ”.

(3) In subsection (4), omit “48A(4),”.

Commencement Information

I131Sch. 12 para. 55 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

56  For section 51 substitute—N.I.

51    Category B retirement pension for widowers and surviving civil partners who attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010

(1) A man (the pensioner) whose wife died while they were married is entitled to a Category B retirement pension if—

(a)they were both over pensionable age at the time of the death,

(b)the pensioner attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010, and

(c)the wife satisfied the relevant contribution condition.

(2) But subsection (1) does not confer a right to a Category B retirement pension on a man whose wife died before 6 April 1979.

(3) In subsection (1)(c) “the relevant contribution condition” means—

(a)in a case where the spouse attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010, the conditions in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3, and

(b)in a case where the spouse attained pensionable age on or after 6 April 2010, the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(4) A person (“the pensioner”) whose civil partner died while they were civil partners of each other is entitled to a Category B retirement pension if—

(a)they were both over pensionable age at the time of the death,

(b)the pensioner attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010, and

(c)the deceased civil partner satisfied the relevant contribution condition.

(5) In subsection (4)(c) “the relevant contribution condition” means—

(a)in a case where the deceased civil partner attained pensionable age before 6 April 2010, the conditions in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3, and

(b)in a case where the deceased civil partner attained pensionable age on or after 6 April 2010, the condition in paragraph 5A of Schedule 3.

(6) The weekly rate of a person's Category B retirement pension under this section is to be determined in accordance with sections 44 to 45AA and Schedule 4A as they apply in the case of a Category A retirement pension taking references in those sections to the pensioner as references to the spouse or deceased civil partner.

(7) But in the case of—

(a)a man whose wife dies after 5 October 2002, or

(b)a surviving civil partner,

any amount of additional pension falling to be calculated under subsection (6) is to be halved.

(8) For the purposes of any provision of this Act as it applies in relation to this section, no account is to be taken of any earnings factors of the spouse or deceased civil partner for the tax year beginning with 6 April 2016 or any later tax year.

(9) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a person becomes entitled to a Category B retirement pension under this section on the day on which the conditions of entitlement become satisfied and the entitlement continues throughout the person's life..

Commencement Information

I132Sch. 12 para. 56 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

57  In section 52(3) (special provision for surviving spouses) for “prescribed maximum” substitute “ maximum amount specified in regulations ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I133Sch. 12 para. 57 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

58—(1) Schedule 3 (contribution conditions for entitlement to benefit) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In paragraph 5, for sub-paragraph (1) substitute—

(1) This paragraph sets out the contribution conditions for—

(a)a widowed mother's allowance, a widowed parent's allowance or a widow's pension;

(b)a Category A retirement pension (other than one in relation to which paragraph 5A applies);

(c)a Category B retirement pension in the cases provided for by any of sections 48A to 51..

(3) In paragraph 5A(1), for paragraphs (b) and (c) substitute—

(b)a Category B retirement pension in the cases provided for by any of sections 48A to 51..

Commencement Information

I134Sch. 12 para. 58 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

59  In Part 1 of Schedule 4 (rates of certain benefits), in paragraph 5, for “section 48A(3)” substitute “ section 48A(4) or 48AA(4) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I135Sch. 12 para. 59 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

60  In Schedule 4A (additional pension: accrual rates for purposes of section 45(2)(c)), in paragraph 1(2), omit “, 48A(4)” (in both places).N.I.

Commencement Information

I136Sch. 12 para. 60 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

61  In section 42 of the Pension Schemes Act (effect of entitlement to guaranteed minimum pensions on payment of social security benefits), in subsection (6), omit “48A,”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I137Sch. 12 para. 61 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

62  In Article 125 of the 1995 Order (additional pension: calculation of surpluses), in paragraph (6), omit “48A,”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I138Sch. 12 para. 62 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

63  In Schedule 2 to the 1995 Order (equalisation of, and increase in, pensionable age for men and women), omit paragraph 3(2) and (3).N.I.

Commencement Information

I139Sch. 12 para. 63 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

64  In Schedule 24 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004, omit paragraphs 79(6) and 82(6).N.I.

Commencement Information

I140Sch. 12 para. 64 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Category C retirement pensions: repeal of spent provisionsN.I.

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

Commencement Information

I141Sch. 12 para. 65 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

66  In section 63(f)(i) (descriptions of non-contributory benefits), for the words from “payable” to “widows” substitute “ payable in certain cases to a widow whose husband was over pensionable age on 5 July 1948 or to a woman whose marriage to a husband who was over pensionable age on that date was terminated otherwise than by his death ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I142Sch. 12 para. 66 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

67—(1) Section 78 (Category C retirement pensions etc.) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Omit subsections (1), (2) and (5).

(3) In subsections (7) and (8), omit “Category C or”.

Commencement Information

I143Sch. 12 para. 67 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

68  In Part 3 of Schedule 4—N.I.

(a)omit paragraph 6 (rate of Category C retirement pension);

(b)in paragraph 7 (rate of Category D retirement pension), for the text in the second column substitute the amount specified in paragraph 6 as the higher rate for a Category C retirement pension immediately before 6 April 2016.

Commencement Information

I144Sch. 12 para. 68 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Category D retirement pensionsN.I.

69  In section 78(3) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (entitlement to a Category D retirement pension), for “and satisfies” substitute “ , who reached pensionable age before 6 April 2016 and who satisfies ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I145Sch. 12 para. 69 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Age additionN.I.

70  In sections 63(g) and 79(1) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (age addition), after “retirement pension of any category” insert “ under this Act ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I146Sch. 12 para. 70 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Christmas bonusN.I.

71  In section 146(2) of the Contributions and Benefits Act (Christmas bonus: interpretation), for the definition of “retirement pension” substitute—N.I.

retirement pension” means—

(a)a state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015,

(b)a retirement pension under this Act, or

(c)graduated retirement benefit..

Commencement Information

I147Sch. 12 para. 71 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

PART 3 N.I.AMENDMENTS TO DO WITH STATE PENSION CREDIT

72  The State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I148Sch. 12 para. 72 in operation at 14.9.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(2)(a)

I149Sch. 12 para. 72 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

73  In section 3 (savings credit), for subsection (1) substitute—N.I.

(1) The first of the conditions mentioned in section 1(2)(c)(ii) is that the claimant—

(a)has attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016 and has attained the age of 65 (before, on or after that date), or

(b)is a member of a couple, the other member of which falls within paragraph (a)..

Commencement Information

I150Sch. 12 para. 73 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

74  After that section insert—N.I.

3ZA    Power to limit savings credit for certain mixed-age couples

(1) Regulations may provide that, in prescribed cases, a person who is a member of a mixed-age couple is not entitled to a savings credit.

(2) For example, the regulations could provide that a member of a mixed-age couple is not entitled to a savings credit unless—

(a)the person has been awarded a savings credit with effect from a day before 6 April 2016 and was entitled to a savings credit immediately before that date, and

(b)the person remained entitled to state pension credit at all times since the beginning of 6 April 2016.

(3) In this section “mixed-age couple” means a couple (whenever formed) one member of which had attained pensionable age before 6 April 2016 and the other had not..

Commencement Information

I151Sch. 12 para. 74 in operation at 14.9.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(2)(c)

75  In Schedule 1 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, omit paragraph 41.N.I.

Commencement Information

I152Sch. 12 para. 75 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

PART 4 N.I.OTHER AMENDMENTS TO DO WITH PART 1

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

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

Commencement Information

I153Sch. 12 para. 76 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

77—(1) Section 39C (rate of widowed parent's allowance and bereavement allowance) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), for the words from “45AA” to “as they apply” substitute “ 45AA and Schedules 4A and 4B below as they apply ”.

(3) In subsection (3), for the words from “45AA” to “by virtue of subsection (1) above” substitute “ 45AA and Schedules 4A and 4B below by virtue of subsection (1) above ”.

(4) In subsection (4), for the words from “45AA” to “below” substitute “ 45AA and Schedules 4A and 4B below ”.

Commencement Information

I154Sch. 12 para. 77 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

78—(1) Schedule 5 (pension increase or lump sum where entitlement to retirement pension is deferred) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In the following provisions omit “(as those provisions have effect by virtue of section 3(7) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012)”—

  • paragraph 4(1A)(a), (b) and (c);

  • paragraph 7B(5)(b)(i).

(3) After paragraph 7 insert—

7ZA(1) This paragraph modifies paragraphs 5A to 6A in cases where—

(a)W became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension before 7 June 2012, and

(b)S died before 7 June 2012.

(“W” and “S” have the same meaning as in paragraph 5.)

(2) Paragraph 5A applies as if—

(a)in sub-paragraph (2), after paragraph (a), there were inserted—

(b)the appropriate amount; and;

(b)in sub-paragraph (3), after “following—”, there were inserted—

(a)one half of the appropriate amount; and.

(3) Paragraph 6 applies as if—

(a)in sub-paragraph (2), after paragraph (a), there were inserted—

(b)the appropriate amount; and”;;

(b)in sub-paragraph (3), after paragraph (b), there were inserted—

(c)the appropriate amount reduced by the amount of any increases under section 105 of the Pensions Act; and;

(c)in sub-paragraph (4), after paragraph (a), there were inserted—

(b)one half of the appropriate amount; and.

(4) Paragraph 6A applies as if in sub-paragraph (2), after paragraph (a), there were inserted—

(b)one half of the appropriate amount; and.

(5) In paragraphs 5A to 6A as modified by this paragraph, the “appropriate amount” means the greater of—

(a)the amount by which the deceased person's Category A or Category B retirement pension had been increased under section 132 of the Administration Act; or

(b)the amount by which his or her Category A or Category B retirement pension would have been so increased had he or she died immediately before the surviving spouse or civil partner became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension.

(6) In sub-paragraph (1)(a) the reference to becoming entitled to a pension before 7 June 2012 includes a reference to becoming entitled on or after that day to the payment of a pension in respect of a period before that day..

Commencement Information

I155Sch. 12 para. 78 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (c. 49)N.I.

79  Section 42A of the Pension Schemes Act (retirement in tax year after 5 April 2020) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I156Sch. 12 para. 79 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Deregulation and Contracting Out (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 11)N.I.

80  In Article 17 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (social security: amendments following certain orders), at the end of paragraph (2) add “ the Pensions Act 2014 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I157Sch. 12 para. 80 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 13)N.I.

81  In the Pensions (No2) Act, the following are repealed—N.I.

(a)sections 81 and 82 (consolidation of additional pension);

(b)Schedule 2 (consolidation of additional pension);

(c)in Schedule 3 (minor and consequential amendments)—

  • paragraph 4(2)(b) and (3)(b);

  • paragraph 6(3);

  • paragraph 7(a);

  • paragraph 8(a);

  • paragraph 9(2)(c);

  • paragraph 10;

  • paragraphs 13 to 22.

Commencement Information

I158Sch. 12 para. 81 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(k)

The Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3)N.I.

82  In the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012, the following are repealed—N.I.

(a)section 3(5) to (9) and Schedule 2 (abolition of certain additions to the state pension);

(b)section 4 and Schedule 3 (consolidation of additional pension).

Commencement Information

I159Sch. 12 para. 82(b) in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(k)

I160Sch. 12 para. 82 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 24.

SCHEDULE 13N.I.ABOLOTION OF CONTRACTING-OUT FOR SALARY RELATED SCHEMES

PART 1 N.I.PENSION SCHEMES (NORTHERN IRELAND) ACT 1993: AMENDMENTS

1  The Pension Schemes Act is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I161Sch. 13 para. 1 in operation at 14.9.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(1)(a)

I162Sch. 13 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

2  For “the abolition date” (in each place) substitute “ the first abolition date ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I163Sch. 13 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

3  In the heading for Part 3 of the Act—N.I.

(a)for “Certification of pension schemes” substitute “ Schemes that were contracted-out etc. ”;

(b)omit “and duties”.

Commencement Information

I164Sch. 13 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

4  For the heading to Chapter 1 of Part 3 substitute “ Schemes that were contracted-out: guaranteed minimum pensions and alteration of scheme rules etc. ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I165Sch. 13 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

5  Section 3 (issue of contracting-out certificates) is repealed (and accordingly, any certificates in force under that section immediately before this paragraph comes into operation cease to have effect).N.I.

Commencement Information

I166Sch. 13 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

6  After section 3 insert—N.I.

3A    Meaning of the first abolition date” and the second abolition date”

In this Act—

the first abolition date” means 6 April 2012 (the date appointed for the commencement of section 13(1) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (abolition of contracting-out for defined contribution pension schemes));

the second abolition date” means 6 April 2016 (the date on which section 53(3) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 provides for the commencement of section 24(1) of that Act (abolition of contracting-out for salary related schemes)).

3B    Meaning of “contracted-out scheme” and “appropriate scheme” etc.

(1) This section applies for the interpretation of this Act.

(2) An occupational pension scheme was “contracted-out” at a time if, at that time, there was in force a certificate under section 3 (as it then had effect) stating that the employment of an earner in employed earner's employment was contracted-out employment by reference to the scheme.

(3) Contracting-out certificate” means a certificate of the kind mentioned in subsection (2).

(4) An occupational pension scheme was a “salary related contracted-out scheme” at a time if, at that time, the scheme was contracted-out by virtue of satisfying section 5(2) (as it then had effect).

(5) An occupational pension scheme was a “money purchase contracted-out scheme” at a time if, at that time, the scheme was contracted-out by virtue of satisfying section 5(3) (as it then had effect).

(6) A personal pension scheme was an “appropriate scheme” at a time if, at that time, there was in force a certificate issued under section 3(1)(b) (as it then had effect) stating that the scheme was an appropriate scheme.

(7) Appropriate scheme certificate” means a certificate of the kind mentioned in subsection (6).

(8) An appropriate scheme certificate that was in force in relation to a scheme is to be taken as conclusive that the scheme was, at that time, an appropriate scheme..

Commencement Information

I167Sch. 13 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

7—(1) Section 4 (meaning of “contracted-out employment”, “guaranteed minimum pension” and “minimum payment”) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For subsection (1) substitute—

(1) In relation to any period before the second abolition date, the employment of an earner in employed earner's employment was “contracted-out employment” in relation to the earner during that period if—

(a)the earner was under pensionable age;

(b)the earner's service in the employment was service which qualified the earner for a pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme; and

(c)there was in force a contracting-out certificate issued in accordance with this Chapter (as it then had effect) stating that the employment was contracted-out employment by reference to the scheme..

(3) After subsection (1A) insert—

(1B) In the following provisions of this Act “earner”, in relation to a scheme, means a person who was an earner in contracted-out employment by reference to the scheme..

(4) In subsection (2), in the definition of “guaranteed minimum pension”, for “by an occupational pension scheme” substitute “ , by a scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme, ”.

(5) For subsection (4) substitute—

(4) A contracting-out certificate that was in force in respect of an employed earner's employment is to be taken as conclusive that the employment was, at that time, contracted-out employment..

Commencement Information

I168Sch. 13 para. 7 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

8  The italic heading above section 5 is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I169Sch. 13 para. 8 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

9  Sections 5 and 7 (requirements for certification of schemes: general) are repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I170Sch. 13 para. 9 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

10  The italic heading above section 8A is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I171Sch. 13 para. 10 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

11  Sections 8A to 8D (requirements for certification applying to employment from 6 April 1997) are repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I172Sch. 13 para. 11 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

12  For the italic heading above section 9 substitute “ Guaranteed minimum pensions ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I173Sch. 13 para. 12 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

13—(1) Before section 9 insert—N.I.

Former salary related contracted-out schemes to comply with GMP requirements

8E(1) A scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme is to be treated as including whatever provision it needs to contain to comply with the GMP requirements.

(2) A scheme complies with the GMP requirements if, in relation to any earner's service before the principal appointed day, it complies in all respects with sections 9 to 20E.

(3) Where—

(a)a scheme is permitted by any of those sections to include provision subject to certain requirements, and

(b)the scheme includes the provision but not the requirements,

the scheme is to be treated by subsection (1) as including the requirements.

(4) This section overrides any provision of a scheme to the extent that the provision of the scheme conflicts with it..

(2) For the purposes of section 8E it does not matter whether the scheme ceased to be contracted-out when the amendment made by paragraph 5 of this Schedule came into operation or before that time.

(3) But section 8E does not treat a scheme as having included any provision before this paragraph comes into operation.

Commencement Information

I174Sch. 13 para. 13 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

14  In section 9 (minimum pensions for earners), in subsection (2)—N.I.

(a)for “is a married woman or widow who is liable” substitute “ was a married woman or widow who was liable ”;

(b)after “Act 1992” insert “ at a time during a relevant year when she was in contracted-out employment by reference to the scheme ”;

(c)at the end of that subsection insert—

Relevant year” has the meaning given by section 10(8)..

Commencement Information

I175Sch. 13 para. 14 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

15—(1) Section 10 (earner's guaranteed minimum) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For subsection (1) substitute—

(1) An earner has a guaranteed minimum in relation to the pension provided by a scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme if in any tax week in a relevant year—

(a)earnings were paid to or for the earner's benefit in respect of employment which was contracted-out by reference to the scheme; and

(b)those earnings were in excess of the lower earnings limit for that tax week (or the prescribed equivalent if the earner was paid otherwise than weekly)..

(3) In subsection (2), for “earnings such as are mentioned in subsection (1)” substitute “ excess earnings mentioned in subsection (1)(b) ”.

Commencement Information

I176Sch. 13 para. 15 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

16  In section 12 (revaluation of earnings factors for the purposes of section 10: early leavers etc.), for subsection (2) substitute—N.I.

(2) The scheme may provide that in a case where—

(a)an earner was, before the second abolition date, in contracted-out employment by reference to a scheme, and

(b)the earner ceases to be in pensionable service under the scheme before the final relevant year,

the earnings factors for that person shall be determined for the purposes of section 10(2) by reference to the last such order to come into operation before the end of the tax year in which the earner ceases to be in pensionable service under the scheme (“the last service tax year”)..

Commencement Information

I177Sch. 13 para. 16 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

17—(1) Section 13 (minimum pensions for widows, widowers and surviving civil partners) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (4A), after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)for life, in a case where—

(i)the widow, widower or surviving civil partner attained state pension age on or after the second abolition date, and

(ii)the earner died on or after the date on which the widow, widower or surviving civil partner attained state pension age;

(ab)for any period after the widow, widower or surviving civil partner has attained state pension age, in a case where—

(i)the earner died before the widow, widower or surviving civil partner attained state pension age,

(ii)the widow, widower or surviving civil partner did not marry or form a civil partnership after the death and before attaining state pension age, and

(iii)the widow, widower or surviving civil partner attained state pension age on or after the second abolition date;.

(3) After subsection (9) add—

(10) For the purposes of subsection (4A)(aa) and (ab) a person attains state pension age when he or she attains pensionable age within the meaning given by the rules in paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995..

Commencement Information

I178Sch. 13 para. 17 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

18  In section 16 (transfer of accrued rights), in subsection (1)(a)—N.I.

(a)in sub-paragraph (i), after “under a” insert “ scheme that was a ”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (ii)—

(i)omit “which is not contracted-out,”;

(ii)after “under a” insert “ scheme that was a ”.

Commencement Information

I179Sch. 13 para. 18 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

19  In section 19 (securing of benefits), in subsection (2), omit paragraph (d).N.I.

Commencement Information

I180Sch. 13 para. 19 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

20  In section 20A—N.I.

(a)the existing text becomes subsection (1), and

(b)after that subsection add—

(2) The Department must give such guidance (if any) as it thinks appropriate about GMP conversion..

Commencement Information

I181Sch. 13 para. 20 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

21  In section 21 (power for HMRC to impose conditions as to investments and resources), in subsection (2), after “A” insert “ scheme that was a ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I182Sch. 13 para. 21 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

22  Sections 30 to 32 (cancellation, variation, surrender and refusal of certificates) are repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I183Sch. 13 para. 22 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

23  In the italic heading above section 33, for “scheme rules after certification” substitute “ rules by former salary related contracted-out schemes ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I184Sch. 13 para. 23 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

24  In section 33 (alteration of rules of contracted-out schemes) for subsections (1) to (3) substitute—N.I.

(1) Except in prescribed cases, the rules of a scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme cannot be altered unless the alteration is of a prescribed description.

(2) Regulations made by virtue of subsection (1) may operate so as to validate with retrospective effect any alteration of the rules which would otherwise be void under this section.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a scheme if no person is entitled to receive, or has accrued rights to, any benefits under the scheme attributable to a period when the scheme was contracted-out..

Commencement Information

I185Sch. 13 para. 24 in operation at 14.9.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(1)(b)

I186Sch. 13 para. 24 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

25  After section 33 insert—N.I.

33A    Transfer of liabilities etc.: schemes contracted-out on or after 6 April 1997

(1) Regulations may prohibit or restrict—

(a)the transfer of any liability—

(i)for the payment of pensions under a relevant scheme, or

(ii)in respect of accrued rights to such pensions,

(b)the discharge of any liability to provide pensions under a relevant scheme, or

(c)the payment of a lump sum instead of a pension payable under a relevant scheme,

except in prescribed circumstances or on prescribed conditions.

(2) In this section “relevant scheme” means a scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme by virtue of section 5(2B) and references to pensions and accrued rights under the scheme are to such pensions and rights so far as attributable to an earner's service on or after the principal appointed day (including, in a case where there has been a transfer payment, any pensions or rights deriving (directly or indirectly) from—

(a)an earner's service on or after the principal appointed day in employment that was contracted-out employment by reference to another scheme, or

(b)in a case where the transfer payment was made before the first abolition date, protected rights under another occupational pension scheme or under a personal pension scheme which derive from payments or contributions in respect of employment on or after the principal appointed day).

(3) Regulations under subsection (1) may provide that any provision of this Part shall have effect subject to such modifications as may be specified in the regulations..

Commencement Information

I187Sch. 13 para. 25 in operation at 14.9.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(1)(b)

I188Sch. 13 para. 25 in operation at 6.4.2016 so far as not brought into operation earlier by an order, see s. 53(1)(3)

26  For the heading to Chapter 2 of Part 3 substitute “ Reduction in social security benefits for members of schemes that were contracted-out ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I189Sch. 13 para. 26 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

27  In section 36 (scope of Chapter 2)—N.I.

(a)omit paragraph (a);

(b)in paragraph (c) for “such schemes” substitute “ schemes that were contracted-out pension schemes ”.

Commencement Information

I190Sch. 13 para. 27 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

28  The italic heading above section 37 is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I191Sch. 13 para. 28 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

29  Section 37 (reduced rates of Class 1 contributions) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I192Sch. 13 para. 29 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

30  Section 38 (review and alteration of reduced rates of Class 1 contributions) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I193Sch. 13 para. 30 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

31  In section 44A (additional pension and other benefits), in subsection (1), for the words from the beginning to the end of paragraph (b) substitute “In relation to—N.I.

(a)any tax week falling before the first abolition date where the amount of a Class 1 contribution attributable to section 8(1)(a) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 in respect of the earnings paid to or for the benefit of an earner in that week was reduced under section 38A of this Act (as it then had effect),

(b)any tax week falling before the second abolition date where the amount of a Class 1 contribution attributable to section 8(1)(a) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 in respect of the earnings paid to or for the benefit of an earner in that week was reduced under section 37 of this Act (as it then had effect), or

(c)any tax week falling before the first abolition date where an amount was paid under section 41(1) of this Act (as it then had effect) in respect of the earnings paid to or for the benefit of an earner,”.

Commencement Information

I194Sch. 13 para. 31 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

32  Section 45 (women, married women and widows) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I195Sch. 13 para. 32 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

33  Section 46 (powers of HMRC to approve arrangements for scheme ceasing to be certified) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I196Sch. 13 para. 33 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

34  In section 47 (calculation of guaranteed minimum pensions under approved arrangements), in subsection (1)(b), for “ceases” substitute “ ceased ”N.I.

Commencement Information

I197Sch. 13 para. 34 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

35  For section 48 substitute—N.I.

48    Supervision of former salary related contracted-out schemes

Section 49 shall apply for the purpose of making provision for securing the continued supervision of any scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme, other than a public service pension scheme, if any person is entitled to receive or has accrued rights to—

(a)a guaranteed minimum pension under the scheme, or

(b)a pension under the scheme attributable to service on or after the principal appointed day but before the scheme ceased to be contracted-out..

Commencement Information

I198Sch. 13 para. 35 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

36  In section 49 (supervision: former contracted-out schemes), omit subsection (3).N.I.

Commencement Information

I199Sch. 13 para. 36 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

37  Sections 51 to 64 (state scheme premiums) are repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I200Sch. 13 para. 37 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

38  In section 83 (general protection principle), in subsection (1)(a), for sub-paragraph (i) substitute—N.I.

(i)the date (“the cessation date”) which is the earlier of—

(a)the date on which an earner ceases to be in pensionable service under a scheme that was, before the second abolition date, a salary related contracted-out scheme; and

(b)the date on which the earner attains pensionable age;.

Commencement Information

I201Sch. 13 para. 38 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

39  In section 92 (further provisions concerning exercise of option to take cash equivalent in a particular way), in subsection (2), in paragraph (a)(i) omit “which is not a contracted-out scheme”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I202Sch. 13 para. 39 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

40  In section 166 (questions arising in proceedings), in subsection (1), omit paragraph (b) and the “or” before it.N.I.

Commencement Information

I203Sch. 13 para. 40 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

41  In section 173 (trustees and managers of schemes), in paragraph (a) omit “or Part II of Schedule 5 to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I204Sch. 13 para. 41 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

42—(1) Section 176(1) (general interpretation) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In the appropriate places insert—

the first abolition date” has the meaning given by section 3A;

the second abolition date” has the meaning given by section 3A;

salary related contracted-out scheme” is to be construed in accordance with section 3B;.

(3) Omit the definition of “abolition date”.

(4) In the definition of “appropriate scheme” and “appropriate scheme certificate”, for “section 176A” substitute “ section 3B ”.

(5) In the definition of “contracting-out certificate”, for “section 3 and section 176A” substitute “ section 3B ”.

(6) In the definition of “contributions equivalent premium”, for “has the meaning given in” substitute “ means a premium that was paid under ”.

(7) In the definition of “earner” and “earnings”, after “in accordance with” insert “ section 4(1B) of this Act and ”.

(8) In the definition of “money purchase contracted-out scheme”, for “section 176A” substitute “ section 3B ”.

(9) For the definition of “the principal appointed day” substitute—

the principal appointed day” means 6 April 1997 (which is the day designated as the principal appointed day for the purposes of Part 4 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995);.

Commencement Information

I205Sch. 13 para. 42 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

43  Section 176A (interpretation of references to money purchase contracted-out schemes or appropriate schemes after first abolition date) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I206Sch. 13 para. 43 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

44  In section 180 (consultation about other regulations), omit subsection (2).N.I.

Commencement Information

I207Sch. 13 para. 44 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

45—(1) Schedule 1 (certification regulations) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Omit paragraphs 1 to 4.

(3) In paragraph 5(3A), for “a contracted-out occupational pension scheme which is being wound up” substitute “ a scheme which was a contracted-out occupational pension scheme and which was being wound up before the second abolition date ”.

(4) Omit paragraphs 6 to 8.

Commencement Information

I208Sch. 13 para. 45 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

46—(1) Schedule 3 (priority in bankruptcy) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Omit paragraphs 2, 3 and 4(2).

Commencement Information

I209Sch. 13 para. 46 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

PART 2 N.I.OTHER STATUTORY PROVISIONS: AMENDMENTS

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

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

Commencement Information

I210Sch. 13 para. 47 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

48  In section 1 (outline of contributory system), in subsection (3), omit the words after paragraph (b).N.I.

Commencement Information

I211Sch. 13 para. 48 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

49  In section 4C (power to make provision in consequence of provision made by virtue of section 4B(2) etc.), in subsection (5), in each of paragraphs (a) and (b) omit the words from “, including” to the end.N.I.

Commencement Information

I212Sch. 13 para. 49 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

50  In section 8 (calculation of primary Class 1 contributions), in subsection (3), omit paragraph (c) and the “and” before it.N.I.

Commencement Information

I213Sch. 13 para. 50 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

51  In section 9 (calculation of secondary Class 1 contributions), in subsection (3), omit paragraph (c) and the “and” before it.N.I.

Commencement Information

I214Sch. 13 para. 51 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

52  In section 20 (descriptions of contributory benefits), in subsection (3), for “(reduction in state scheme contributions and social security benefits for members of certified schemes)” substitute “ (reduction in benefits for members of schemes that were contracted-out) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I215Sch. 13 para. 52 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

53  In Schedule 1 (supplementary provisions relating to national insurance contributions), in paragraph 1, omit sub-paragraphs (2), (3), (6) and (9) to (11).N.I.

Commencement Information

I216Sch. 13 para. 53 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

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

54  The Administration Act is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I217Sch. 13 para. 54 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

55  In section 132 (annual up-rating of benefits), in subsection (3A), for “the abolition date (as defined in section 176(1) of the Pensions Act)” substitute “ 7 June 2012 (the date appointed for the commencement of section 13(1) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I218Sch. 13 para. 55 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

56  In section 167 (interpretation - general)—N.I.

(a)in the definition of “money purchase contracted-out scheme”, for “section 176A” substitute “ section 3B ”;

(b)in the definition of “personal pension scheme” for “section 176A(6)” substitute “ section 3B(6) ”.

Commencement Information

I219Sch. 13 para. 56 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 22)N.I.

57  The 1995 Order is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I220Sch. 13 para. 57 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

58—(1) Article 51 (annual increase in rate of pension) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For “the appointed day” (in each place) substitute “ 6 April 1997 ”.

(3) For paragraph (8) substitute—

(8) An occupational pension scheme is a “relevant occupational pension scheme” if—

(a)it has not, at any time on or after 6 April 1997, been a salary related contracted-out scheme (see section 3B of the Pension Schemes Act), or

(b)it has, at any time on or after 6 April 1997, been a salary related contracted-out scheme but no person is entitled to receive, or has accrued rights to, benefits under the scheme attributable to a period on or after that day when it was such a scheme..

Commencement Information

I221Sch. 13 para. 58 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

59  In Article 54 (Articles 51 to 53: supplementary), in paragraph (3), omit the definition of “the appointed day”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I222Sch. 13 para. 59 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

60  For Article 69 substitute—N.I.

Grounds for applying for modifications: winding up registered schemes

69(1) The Authority may, on an application made to them by the trustees of a registered pension scheme which is being wound up, make an order—

(a)modifying the scheme for the purpose of enabling assets remaining after the liabilities of the scheme have been fully discharged to be distributed to the employer, or

(b)authorising the trustees to modify the scheme for that purpose.

(2) But the Authority may act under paragraph (1) only if prescribed requirements in relation to the distribution are satisfied.

(3) Regulations may make provision requiring applications under paragraph (1) to meet prescribed requirements.

(4) Regulations may provide that in prescribed circumstances this Article does not apply to schemes falling within a prescribed class or description or applies to them with prescribed modifications.

(5) In this Article “registered pension scheme” means an occupational pension scheme registered under section 153 of the Finance Act 2004 (other than a public service pension scheme)..

Commencement Information

I223Sch. 13 para. 60 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

61  In Article 70 (Article 69: supplementary), omit paragraph (3).N.I.

Commencement Information

I224Sch. 13 para. 61 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

62  In Article 71 (effect of orders under Article 69), in paragraph (1)—N.I.

(a)for “sub-paragraph (a)” substitute “ sub-paragraph (b) ”;

(b)for “sub-paragraph (b)” substitute “ sub-paragraph (a) ”.

Commencement Information

I225Sch. 13 para. 62 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

63  In Article 72 (modification of public service pension schemes), in paragraph (1), for “Article 69(1)(b)” substitute “ Article 69(1)(a) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I226Sch. 13 para. 63 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

64  Articles 133(1), (3) and (5), 134(3) and (4) and 145 (amendments to do with contracting-out) are repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I227Sch. 13 para. 64 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 16)N.I.

65  The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I228Sch. 13 para. 65 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

66  In Article 35 (note to be included in statement of initial employment particulars), omit paragraph (5).N.I.

Commencement Information

I229Sch. 13 para. 66 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

67  In Article 43 (references to industrial tribunals), in paragraph (3), omit sub-paragraph (a) (including the “and” at the end of it).N.I.

Commencement Information

I230Sch. 13 para. 67 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 (c. 4)N.I.

68  The Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I231Sch. 13 para. 68 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

69—(1) Section 38 (disclosure of state pension information) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (3)(d), omit “which is not contracted-out employment”.

(3) In subsection (11), omit the definition of “contracted-out employment”.

Commencement Information

I232Sch. 13 para. 69 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

70  Part 2 of Schedule 5 (alternative to anti-franking rules) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I233Sch. 13 para. 70 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (NI 1)N.I.

71  In Article 235 of the 2005 Order (pension protection on transfer of employment: form of protection) in paragraph (2)(c), for the words from “time” to the end substitute “ time the scheme complies with prescribed requirements ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I234Sch. 13 para. 71 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Companies Act 2006 (c. 46)N.I.

72  The Companies Act 2006 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I235Sch. 13 para. 72 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

73  In section 140 (interests to be disregarded: employer's rights of recovery under pension scheme or employee's share scheme), omit subsection (2).N.I.

Commencement Information

I236Sch. 13 para. 73 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

74  In section 673 (interests to be disregarded in determining whether company has beneficial interest: employer's charges and other rights of recovery), omit subsection (1)(b).N.I.

Commencement Information

I237Sch. 13 para. 74 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 1)N.I.

75  The Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I238Sch. 13 para. 75 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

76—(1) Section 13 (abolition of contracting-out for defined contribution pension schemes) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), for “the abolition date” substitute “ 6 April 2012 ”.

(3) In subsection (2), omit the definition of “the abolition date”.

(4) In subsection (4), for “the abolition date” (in each place) substitute “ 6 April 2012 ”.

Commencement Information

I239Sch. 13 para. 76 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

77  In section 19 (consequential provision, repeals and revocations), in subsection (5), for “the abolition date (within the meaning of section 13)” substitute “ 6 April 2012 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I240Sch. 13 para. 77 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

78—(1) Schedule 4 (abolition of contracting-out for defined contribution pension schemes) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In paragraphs 60, 61(1), (2)(a) and (b)(i) and (3), 64 and 65(2) for “the abolition date” (in each place) substitute “ 6 April 2012 ”.

(3) In paragraph 66 omit the definition of “the abolition date”.

Commencement Information

I241Sch. 13 para. 78 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

The Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 13)N.I.

79  The Pensions (No2) Act is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I242Sch. 13 para. 79 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

80  For section 21 substitute—N.I.

21    Quality requirement: UK defined benefits schemes

A defined benefits scheme that has its main administration in the United Kingdom satisfies the quality requirement in relation to a jobholder if it satisfies the test scheme standard in relation to that jobholder.

Commencement Information

I243Sch. 13 para. 80 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

81  In section 22 (test scheme standard), for subsection (2) substitute—N.I.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), the relevant members are J and all active members who are jobholders of the same employer as J..

Commencement Information

I244Sch. 13 para. 81 in operation at 6.4.2016, see s. 53(1)(3)

Section 24.

F9 SCHEDULE 14N.I.POWER TO AMEND SCHEMES TO REFLECT ABOLITION OF CONTRACTING-OUT

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Section 25.

SCHEDULE 15N.I.OPTION TO BOOST OLD RETIREMENT PENSIONS

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 4)N.I.

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

Commencement Information

I245Sch. 15 para. 1 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(l)

I246Sch. 15 para. 1 in operation at 12.10.2015 in so far as not already in operation by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

2  In section 43 (persons entitled to more than one retirement pension), in subsection (1) after “subsection (2) below” insert “ and section 61ZC below (which deals with unusual cases involving units of additional pension) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I247Sch. 15 para. 2 in operation at 12.10.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

3  In section 44 (Category A retirement pension), in subsection (3)—N.I.

(a)in paragraph (b), at the end insert “ or where the pensioner has one or more units of additional pension ”;

(b)after paragraph (b) insert—

For units of additional pension, see section 14A..

Commencement Information

I248Sch. 15 para. 3 in operation at 12.10.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

4—(1) Section 45 (rate of additional pension in a Category A retirement pension) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a)after “shall be” insert

the sum of the following—

(a)in relation to any surpluses in the pensioner's earnings factors,;

(b)at the end insert

; and

(b)if the pensioner has one or more units of additional pension, a specified amount for each of those units..

(3) In subsection (2), at the end of paragraph (d) insert

; and

(e)if the pensioner has one or more units of additional pension, a specified amount for each of those units..

(4) After subsection (2) insert—

(2A) For the purposes of subsections (1)(b) and (2)(e) the “specified amount” is an amount to be specified by the Department in regulations..

Commencement Information

I249Sch. 15 para. 4 in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(2)(l)

I250Sch. 15 para. 4 in operation at 12.10.2015 in so far as not already in operation by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

5  In section 52 (special provision for surviving spouses), after subsection (3) insert—N.I.

(3A) In subsection (3) the references to additional pension in a Category A or Category B retirement pension do not include any amount of additional pension attributable to units of additional pension.

(3B) If an amount of additional pension in the Category B retirement pension is attributable to units of additional pension, the additional pension in the Category A retirement pension is increased by that amount (in addition to any increase under subsection (3))..

Commencement Information

I251Sch. 15 para. 5 in operation at 12.10.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

6  After section 61 insert—N.I.

61ZA    Shortfall in contributions: people with units of additional pension

(1) This section applies to a person who has one or more units of additional pension if the person—

(a)is not entitled to a Category A retirement pension, but

(b)would be entitled to a Category A retirement pension if the relevant contribution conditions were satisfied.

(2) The relevant contribution conditions are to be taken to be satisfied for the purposes of the person's entitlement to a Category A retirement pension.

(3) But where a person is entitled to a Category A retirement pension because of this section, the only element of that pension to which the person is so entitled is the additional pension attributable to the units of additional pension.

(4) For units of additional pension, see section 14A.

61ZB    Shortfall in contributions: people whose dead spouse or civil partner had units of additional pension

(1) This section applies to a person whose spouse or civil partner died with one or more units of additional pension if the person—

(a)is not entitled to a Category B retirement pension as a result of the death, but

(b)would be entitled to a Category B retirement pension as a result of the death if the relevant contribution conditions were satisfied.

(2) The relevant contribution conditions are to be taken to be satisfied for the purposes of the person's entitlement to that Category B retirement pension.

(3) But where a person is entitled to a Category B retirement pension because of this section, the only element of that pension to which the person is so entitled is the additional pension attributable to the units of additional pension.

(4) For units of additional pension, see section 14A.

61ZC    Entitlement to more than one pension: sections 61ZA and 61ZB

(1) Section 43 does not prevent a person from being entitled for the same period to both—

(a)a Category A retirement pension because of section 61ZA, and

(b)one Category B retirement pension.

(2) Section 43 does not prevent a person from being entitled for the same period to both—

(a)a Category A retirement pension, and

(b)one Category B retirement pension because of section 61ZB (or, if there is more than one such Category B retirement pension, the most favourable of them).

(3) Accordingly—

(a)in section 43(2)(a) the reference to “a Category A or a Category B retirement pension”, in a case in which subsection (1) or (2) of this section applies, includes “a Category A and a Category B retirement pension”,

(b)in sections 43(3)(a) and (aa), 51A and 52 “Category A retirement pension” does not include a pension to which a person is entitled because of section 61ZA, and

(c)in sections 43(3)(a) and 52 “Category B retirement pension” does not include a pension to which a person is entitled because of section 61ZB..

Commencement Information

I252Sch. 15 para. 6 in operation at 12.10.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

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

7  In Article 44 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (shareable state scheme rights), in paragraph (2)(a) omit “earnings-related”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I253Sch. 15 para. 7 in operation at 12.10.2015 by S.R. 2015/329, art. 2(3)

Section 30.

SCHEDULE 16N.I.BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENT: AMENDMENTS

The Forfeiture (Northern Ireland) Order 1982 (NI 14)N.I.

1  In Article 6 of the Forfeiture (Northern Ireland) Order 1982 (Commissioner to decide whether forfeiture rule applies to social security benefits), in the definition of “relevant enactment” in paragraph (5), after the entry relating to Part 1 of this Act (inserted by Schedule 12) insert— “ section 29 of that Act, ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I254Sch. 16 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

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

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

Commencement Information

I255Sch. 16 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

3—(1) Section 20 (descriptions of contributory benefits) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), for paragraph (ea) substitute—

(ea)widowed parent's allowance;.

(3) In subsection (2), in the definition of “long-term benefit” omit paragraph (bb).

Commencement Information

I256Sch. 16 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

4—(1) Section 21 (contribution conditions) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In the table in subsection (2) omit the entries for bereavement payment and bereavement allowance.

(3) Omit subsection (4).

Commencement Information

I257Sch. 16 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

5  In section 22 (earnings factors), in subsection (2), after paragraph (c) (inserted by Schedule 12) insertN.I.

and

(d)establishing entitlement to bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I258Sch. 16 para. 5 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

6—(1) Section 23A (contributions credits for relevant parents and carers) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1) omit paragraph (e).

(3) In subsection (6)(b) omit “or (e)”.

Commencement Information

I259Sch. 16 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

7  For the italic heading above section 36 substitute “ Bereavement benefits: deaths before the day on which section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 comes into operation ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I260Sch. 16 para. 7 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

8  Section 36 (bereavement payment) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I261Sch. 16 para. 8 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

9  Section 36A (cases in which sections 37 to 41 apply) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I262Sch. 16 para. 9 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

10—(1) Section 37 (widowed mother's allowance) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Before subsection (1) insert—

(A1) This section applies only in cases where a woman's husband has died before 9 April 2001..

(3) At the end of the heading insert “ : deaths before 9 April 2001 ”.

Commencement Information

I263Sch. 16 para. 10 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

11—(1) Section 38 (widow's pension) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Before subsection (1) insert—

(A1) This section applies only in cases where a woman's husband has died before 9 April 2001..

(3) At the end of the heading insert “ : deaths before 9 April 2001 ”.

Commencement Information

I264Sch. 16 para. 11 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

12  In section 39A (widowed parent's allowance), for subsection (1) substitute—N.I.

(1) This section applies where—

(a)a person's spouse or civil partner has died before the day on which section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 comes into operation (but see subsection (1A)),

(b)the person has not married or formed a civil partnership after the death but before that day, and

(c)the person is under pensionable age on that day.

(1A) This section does not apply in cases where a woman's husband has died before 9 April 2001..

Commencement Information

I265Sch. 16 para. 12 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

13  Section 39B (bereavement allowance where no dependent children) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I266Sch. 16 para. 13 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

14—(1) Section 39C (rate of widowed parent's allowance and bereavement allowance) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Omit subsection (2).

(3) Omit subsection (5).

(4) In the heading omit “and bereavement allowance”.

Commencement Information

I267Sch. 16 para. 14 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

15  In section 48B (Category B retirement pension for widows and widowers), in subsection (8), for “the appointed day (as defined by section 36A(3))” substitute “ 9 April 2001 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I268Sch. 16 para. 15 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

16  In section 48BB (Category B retirement pension: entitlement by reference to benefits under section 39A or 39B), in subsection (3)(a)(i), after “bereavement allowance” insert “ under section 39B (before that section was repealed) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I269Sch. 16 para. 16 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

17—(1) Section 60 (complete or partial failure to satisfy contribution condition) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1) omit paragraph (ab).

(3) In subsection (3) omit paragraphs (a) and (bb).

Commencement Information

I270Sch. 16 para. 17 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

18—(1) Schedule 3 (contribution conditions for entitlement to benefit) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Omit paragraph 4 and the italic heading above it.

(3) Omit paragraphs 7 and 9.

Commencement Information

I271Sch. 16 para. 18 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

19  In Schedule 4 (rates of benefits etc.) omit Part 2.N.I.

Commencement Information

I272Sch. 16 para. 19 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

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

20  The Administration Act is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I273Sch. 16 para. 20 in operation at 9.2.2017 for specified purposes by S.R. 2017/37, art. 2(b)

I274Sch. 16 para. 20 in operation at 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in operation by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

21—(1) Section 1 (entitlement to benefit dependent on claim) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) For subsection (2) substitute—

(2) Where under subsection (1) a person is required to make a claim or to be treated as making a claim for a benefit in order to be entitled to it, the person is not entitled to it in respect of any period more than 12 months before the date on which the claim is made or treated as made.

(2A) But subsection (2) does not apply—

(a)to disablement benefit or reduced earnings allowance, or

(b)in a case where a claim for the benefit is made or treated as made by virtue of section 3(2)..

(3) In subsection (4), after paragraph (zb) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—

(zc)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I275Sch. 16 para. 21 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

22  In section 2A (claim or full entitlement to certain benefits conditional on work-focused interview), in subsection (2)(c), omit “(other than a bereavement payment)”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I276Sch. 16 para. 22 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

23—(1) Section 3 (late claims for bereavement benefit where death is difficult to establish) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) Subsection (3) is repealed.

(3) After subsection (4) add—

(5) In subsection (2) “bereavement benefit” means—

(a)bereavement support payment, or

(b)widowed parent's allowance..

Commencement Information

I277Sch. 16 para. 23 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

24  In section 5 (regulations about claims for and payments of benefits), in subsection (2), after paragraph (zb) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—N.I.

(zc)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I278Sch. 16 para. 24 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

25  In section 69 (overpayments - general), in subsection (11), before paragraph (b) insert—N.I.

(ae)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I279Sch. 16 para. 25 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

26  In section 115CA (interpretation of Part 6), in subsection (1), after paragraph (hl) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—N.I.

(hm)Part 5 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I280Sch. 16 para. 26 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

27  In section 116B (supply of other government information for fraud prevention and verification), in subsection (3)(b), after “, Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ , section 29 of that Act ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I281Sch. 16 para. 27 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

28  In section 118 (regulations as to notification of deaths), in subsection (1), after “, Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ , section 29 of that Act ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I282Sch. 16 para. 28 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

29—(1) Section 143 (general financial arrangements) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (1), after paragraph (za) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—

(zb)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(3) In subsection (2)(a), after “, Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ , section 29 of that Act ”.

(4) In subsection (3)(b), after “or Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ or section 29 of that Act ”.

Commencement Information

I283Sch. 16 para. 29 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

30  In section 149 (Social Security Advisory Committee), in subsection (5) in the definition of “the relevant enactments”, after paragraph (am) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—N.I.

(an)section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I284Sch. 16 para. 30 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

31—(1) Section 155 (reciprocal agreements) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (3)(a), after “Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ , Part 5 of that Act ”.

(3) In subsection (4), after paragraph (ag) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—

(ah)to Part 5 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(4) In subsection (5)—

(a)after “Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ or section 29 of that Act ”;

(b)after paragraph (ad) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—

(ae)bereavement support payment;.

Commencement Information

I285Sch. 16 para. 31 in operation at 9.2.2017 by S.R. 2017/37, art. 2(c)

32  In section 163 (inalienability), in subsection (1), before paragraph (b) insert—N.I.

(ae)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I286Sch. 16 para. 32 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

33  In section 167(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “benefit”, at the end add “ and bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I287Sch. 16 para. 33 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (NI 2)N.I.

34  In Article 4 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (payments into National Insurance Fund out of appropriated money) in paragraph (1) in the definition of “estimated benefits expenditure”, after “(za),” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ (zb), ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I288Sch. 16 para. 34 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (NI 10)N.I.

35  The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I289Sch. 16 para. 35 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

36  In Article 4 (use of computers), in paragraph (2), after sub-paragraph (m) (inserted by Schedule 12) insertN.I.

or

(n)section29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

Commencement Information

I290Sch. 16 para. 36 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

37—(1) Article 9 (decisions by Department) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In paragraph (3), after sub-paragraph (ab) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—

(ac)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(3) In paragraph (4), after “Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ or section 29 of that Act ”.

Commencement Information

I291Sch. 16 para. 37 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

38  In Article 12 (regulations with respect to decisions), in paragraph (3), in the definition of “the current legislation”, after “Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ and section 29 of that Act ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I292Sch. 16 para. 38 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

39  In Article 27 (restrictions on entitlement in cases of error), in paragraph (7), in the definition of “benefit”—N.I.

(a)before paragraph (e) insert—

(dg)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;;

(b)for paragraph (e) substitute—

(e)any benefit corresponding to a benefit mentioned in any of the foregoing paragraphs of this definition; and.

Commencement Information

I293Sch. 16 para. 39 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

40  In Article 28 (correction of errors in decisions etc.), in paragraph (3)(j), after “Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 12) insert “ or section 29 of that Act ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I294Sch. 16 para. 40 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

The Social Security Fraud Act (Northern Ireland) 2001 (c. 17)N.I.

41  The Social Security Fraud Act (Northern Ireland) 2001 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I295Sch. 16 para. 41 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

42  In section 5A (definitions), in the definition of “disqualifying benefit”, before paragraph (d) insert—N.I.

(cb)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or under section 30 of the Pensions Act 2014;.

Commencement Information

I296Sch. 16 para. 42 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

43  In section 5A (definitions), in the definition of “sanctionable benefit”—N.I.

(a)at the end of paragraph (c), omit “or”;

(b)after paragraph (c) insert—

(ca)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015; or.

Commencement Information

I297Sch. 16 para. 43 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

44  In section 9 (power to supplement and mitigate loss of benefit provisions), in subsection (3), after paragraph (bf) (inserted by Schedule 12) insert—N.I.

(bg)bereavement support payment under section 29 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 or under section 30 of the Pensions Act 2014;.

Commencement Information

I298Sch. 16 para. 44 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

The Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (c. 1)N.I.

45  The Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I299Sch. 16 para. 45 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

46  In section 660 (taxable benefits: UK benefits - Table A), in the table in subsection (1), in the entry relating to bereavement allowance, omit the words “SSCB(NI)A 1992 Section 39B” (in the second column).N.I.

Commencement Information

I300Sch. 16 para. 46 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

47  In section 677 (UK social security benefits wholly exempt from tax), in Part 1 of Table B in subsection (1), in the entry relating to bereavement payments, omit the words “SSCB(NI)A 1992 Section 36” (in the second column).N.I.

Commencement Information

I301Sch. 16 para. 47 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 2(2) (with arts. 3, 4)

Section 32.

SCHEDULE 17N.I.AUTOMATIC TRANSFER OF PENSION BENEFITS ETC.

Prospective

PART 1 N.I.AUTOMATIC TRANSFER OF PENSION BENEFITS

Regulations providing for transfer of cash equivalent of transferable benefitsN.I.

1—(1) The Department must make regulations with a view to ensuring that, where a qualifying member of an automatic transfer scheme has transferable benefits under another pension scheme, the cash equivalent of the transferable benefits—N.I.

(a)is transferred to the automatic transfer scheme, and

(b)is used to provide rights for the member under it.

(2) In this Schedule “automatic transfer scheme” means—

(a)a work-based pension scheme, other than a scheme of a prescribed description, which is registered under Chapter 2 of Part 4 of the Finance Act 2004 and is a money purchase scheme, or

(b)a pension scheme of a prescribed description.

(3) In this Schedule “qualifying member”, in relation to an automatic transfer scheme, means an active member of the scheme of a prescribed description.

(4) For the purposes of this Schedule a person has transferable benefits under a pension scheme if—

(a)the scheme is a transferable benefits scheme,

(b)the person is a member of the scheme,

(c)contributions to the scheme by, or on behalf or in respect of, the member have ceased,

(d)the member has accrued rights to benefits under the scheme rules,

(e)all of those rights accrued on or after the prescribed date (which may be a date before the coming into operation of this paragraph),

(f)the cash equivalent of those benefits is less than the prescribed amount (but not nil), and

(g)any other prescribed conditions are met.

(5) In this Schedule “transferable benefits scheme” means—

(a)a work-based pension scheme, other than a scheme of a prescribed description, which is registered under Chapter 2 of Part 4 of the Finance Act 2004 and is a money purchase scheme, or

(b)a pension scheme of a prescribed description.

(6) In sub-paragraph (4)—

(a)the reference to “scheme rules” is to be read in accordance with section 96B of the Pension Schemes Act;

(b)benefits” means—

(i)money purchase benefits other than money purchase benefits of a prescribed description, or

(ii)benefits of a prescribed description.

Automatic transfer scheme to find out whether members have transferable benefitsN.I.

2—(1) The regulations must require the trustees or managers of an automatic transfer scheme to take steps to find out whether a qualifying member of the scheme has transferable benefits under another pension scheme.N.I.

(2) The regulations may make provision—

(a)about when a step is to be taken (for example, within a prescribed period after a person becomes a qualifying member or at prescribed intervals);

(b)for the steps to be taken at any particular time to relate to a particular qualifying member, or to some or all qualifying members.

Automatic transfer scheme to request transfer of cash equivalentN.I.

3—(1) The regulations must require the trustees or managers of an automatic transfer scheme to give a transfer notice if—N.I.

(a)they find out that a qualifying member of the scheme has transferable benefits under another pension scheme, and

(b)any other prescribed conditions are met.

(2) A “transfer notice” is a notice given to the trustees or managers of the other pension scheme requesting the transfer of the cash equivalent of the transferable benefits to the automatic transfer scheme.

(3) The conditions that may be prescribed because of sub-paragraph (1)(b) include a condition that the trustees or managers must not give a transfer notice unless the qualifying member consents in accordance with the regulations.

Right to opt out of automatic transferN.I.

4—(1) If the regulations do not include the condition mentioned in paragraph 3(3), they must ensure that where the duty to give a transfer notice has arisen in relation to transferable benefits of a qualifying member of an automatic transfer scheme, the member can opt out of the transfer in accordance with the regulations.N.I.

(2) The regulations must provide that, where the member does opt out—

(a)the duty to give the transfer notice is not to be complied with, and

(b)the cash equivalent of the member's transferable benefits is not to be transferred.

Information to be given to qualifying members of automatic transfer schemesN.I.

5—(1) The regulations must require a prescribed person to give information to a qualifying member of an automatic transfer scheme who has transferable benefits under another scheme for the purpose of helping the member to decide whether (as applicable)—N.I.

(a)to consent to the giving of a transfer notice in relation to the transferable benefits, or

(b)to opt out of the transfer of the cash equivalent of the transferable benefits.

(2) The information to be given—

(a)must include information about the effect of the regulations, and in particular the member's power to consent or right to opt out (as applicable);

(b)may include other information, for example information about the schemes.

Transferable benefits scheme to comply with requestN.I.

6—(1) The regulations must require the trustees or managers of a pension scheme who receive a transfer notice requesting the transfer of the cash equivalent of a person's transferable benefits to do what is needed to carry out the request.N.I.

(2) The regulations may in particular—

(a)require the trustees or managers of the scheme to take particular steps to carry out the request;

(b)provide for the discharge, in prescribed circumstances, of any obligation to provide the transferable benefits.

(3) The regulations may provide for circumstances in which the duty to carry out the request does not apply.

Automatic transfer scheme to use cash equivalent to provide rights under the schemeN.I.

7—(1) The regulations must require the trustees or managers of an automatic transfer scheme to whom the cash equivalent of a person's transferable benefits is transferred to use the cash equivalent to provide rights for the person under the scheme.N.I.

(2) The regulations may make provision about how that is to be done and in particular about—

(a)the nature and value of the rights to be provided;

(b)calculating and verifying the value of the rights to be provided.

Cash equivalents: calculation and verificationN.I.

8—(1) The regulations may provide for the manner in which cash equivalents are to be calculated and verified.N.I.

(2) The regulations may in particular—

(a)provide that a cash equivalent is to be increased or reduced in prescribed circumstances;

(b)make provision about the time by reference to which a cash equivalent is to be calculated for the purposes of a provision of the regulations.

(3) Regulations made because of sub-paragraph (2)(a) may provide for a cash equivalent to be reduced to nil.

Disclosure of information and establishment of databaseN.I.

9—(1) The regulations must make provision about disclosure of information.N.I.

(2) The regulations may in particular require a person to disclose information to another person—

(a)for the purposes of helping a person to comply with a duty imposed on the person by the regulations or by corresponding regulations made by the Secretary of State under paragraph 9 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act 2014, or

(b)otherwise for the purposes of a provision of the regulations or of corresponding regulations made by the Secretary of State under paragraph 9 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act 2014.

(3) The regulations may require the Department or the Regulator to establish and operate a database containing information relating to people who have or had transferable benefits for the purposes of helping the trustees or managers of an automatic transfer scheme to comply with their duties under the regulations.

ComplianceN.I.

10—(1) The regulations may make provision with a view to ensuring compliance with any provision of the regulations.N.I.

(2) For this purpose the regulations may in particular—

(a)provide for the Regulator to issue a notice (a “compliance notice”) to a person with a view to ensuring the person's compliance with a provision of the regulations;

(b)provide for the Regulator to issue a notice (a “third party compliance notice”) to a person with a view to ensuring another person's compliance with a provision of the regulations;

(c)provide for the Regulator to issue a notice (a “penalty notice”) imposing a penalty on a person where the Regulator is of the opinion that the person has failed to comply with a compliance notice or third party compliance notice or has contravened a provision of the regulations;

(d)provide for the making of a reference to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal in respect of the issue of a penalty notice or the amount of a penalty;

(e)confer other functions on the Regulator.

(3) The regulations may make provision for determining the amount, or the maximum amount, of a penalty in respect of a failure or contravention.

(4) But the amount of a penalty imposed under the regulations in respect of a failure or contravention must not exceed—

(a)£5,000, in the case of an individual, and

(b)£50,000, in any other case.

Record keepingN.I.

11—(1) The regulations may require any person—N.I.

(a)to make records;

(b)to preserve records for a prescribed period;

(c)to provide records to the Regulator on request.

(2) The regulations may provide that Article 10 of the 1995 Order (civil penalties) applies to a person who fails to comply with those requirements.

Further provision about the regulationsN.I.

12  The regulations may—N.I.

(a)impose or confer other functions on the trustees or managers of an automatic transfer scheme or transferable benefits scheme;

(b)confer a discretion on a person.

Prospective

PART 2 N.I.MERGER OF PENSION ACCOUNTS

13—(1) The Department may by regulations make provision for the purposes of requiring dormant pension accounts of a qualifying member of an automatic transfer scheme to be merged into a current pension account of the member.N.I.

(2) The regulations may not require a dormant pension account to be merged unless the accrued rights to benefits to which the account relates would be transferable benefits of the member if—

(a)all other accrued rights to benefits of the member, and any relevant contributions, were ignored, and

(b)any other prescribed matter were ignored.

(3) The regulations may in particular—

(a)make provision for determining into which current pension account (if the member has more than one) a dormant pension account is to be merged;

(b)provide that the rules of the scheme that are to apply to a merged pension account are those that apply to the current pension account into which a dormant pension account is being merged;

(c)require the trustees or managers of the scheme to make a transfer of assets representing the accrued rights to benefits to which a dormant pension account relates;

(d)include provision corresponding or similar to any provision which may be made by regulations under Part 1.

(4) In this paragraph “pension account”, in relation to a member of a scheme, means an account relating to the member's accrued rights to benefits in respect of a particular period of employment; and a pension account—

(a)is “dormant” if relevant contributions in relation to the period of employment to which the account relates have ceased; and

(b)is “current” if such contributions have not ceased.

(5) In this paragraph—

(a)references to “accrued rights to benefits”, in relation to a member of a scheme, are to accrued rights to benefits under the applicable rules (within the meaning given by paragraph 1(6));

(b)“employment” has the prescribed meaning;

(c)relevant contributions”, in relation to a member of a scheme, means contributions to the scheme by, or on behalf or in respect of, the member.

PART 3 N.I.INTERPRETATION ETC.

Interpretation etc.N.I.

14—(1) In this Schedule—N.I.

  • “active member”—

    (a)

    in relation to an occupational pension scheme, has the meaning given by Article 121(1) of the 1995 Order, and

    (b)

    in relation to a personal pension scheme, means a member of the scheme in respect of whom contributions are being paid into the scheme;

  • automatic transfer scheme” has the meaning given by paragraph 1(2);

  • managers”, in relation to a pension scheme (other than a scheme established under a trust), means the persons responsible for the management of the scheme;

  • money purchase benefits” has the meaning given by section 176(1) of the Pension Schemes Act;

  • money purchase scheme” has the meaning given by section 176(1) of the Pension Schemes Act;

  • occupational pension scheme” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act;

  • pension scheme” means—

    (a)

    an occupational pension scheme, or

    (b)

    a personal pension scheme;

  • personal pension scheme” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act;

  • prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Department;

  • qualifying member” has the meaning given by paragraph 1(3);

  • the Regulator” means the Pensions Regulator;

  • “transferable benefits”, and references to a person having transferable benefits, are to be read in accordance with paragraph 1(4);

  • transferable benefits scheme” has the meaning given by paragraph 1(5);

  • transfer notice” means a notice given under regulations made because of paragraph 3;

  • work-based pension scheme” means—

    (a)

    an occupational pension scheme,

    (b)

    a personal pension scheme where direct payment arrangements (within the meaning of section 107A of the Pension Schemes Act) exist in respect of one or more members of the scheme who are workers, or

    (c)

    a personal pension scheme which is or has been registered under Article 4 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (stakeholder pension schemes);

  • worker” means a person—

    (a)

    who is a worker for the purposes of Part 1 of the Pensions (No. 2) Act, or

    (b)

    to whom a provision of Part 1 of that Act applies as if the person were a worker because of a provision of Chapter 7 of that Part;

    but for the purposes of paragraph (b), ignore section 74 of that Act.

(2) The Department may by regulations make provision about when contributions to a pension scheme are to be regarded as having ceased for the purposes of paragraph 1(4)(c) or 13(4).

Commencement Information

I302Sch. 17 para. 14(1) in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(m)(i)

Prospective

Crown applicationN.I.

15—(1) This Schedule applies to a pension scheme managed by or on behalf of the Crown as it applies to other pension schemes.N.I.

(2) Accordingly, references in this Schedule to a person in the person's capacity as a trustee or manager of a pension scheme include the Crown, or a person acting on behalf of the Crown, in that capacity.

(3) This Schedule applies to persons employed by or under the Crown as it applies to persons employed by a private person.

Prospective

Overriding provisionN.I.

16—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that specified provisions override any provision of an automatic transfer scheme or transferable benefits scheme to the extent that it conflicts with them.N.I.

(2) A “specified provision” is a provision of regulations under this Schedule specified in the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

Prospective

Other provision relating to regulations under this ScheduleN.I.

17—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may amend or otherwise modify any statutory provision (whenever passed or made).N.I.

(2) Regulations made because of sub-paragraph (1) may in particular amend section 170(1) of the Pension Schemes Act (levies towards certain expenditure) so as to include expenditure of the Department or the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs under the regulations or expenditure of the Secretary of State or the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs under regulations under paragraph 9(3) of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act 2014.

18  Before making any regulations under this Schedule, the Department must consult such persons as it considers appropriate, but that duty to consult does not apply to regulations making only provision corresponding to provision contained in regulations made by the Secretary of State in relation to Great Britain.N.I.

AmendmentsN.I.

19—(1) The Pension Schemes Act is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In section 90(2A) (right to cash equivalent)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (vii) insert—

(viii)regulations made under Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (v) insert—

(vi)regulations made under paragraph 17 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

(3) In section 96B(2) (meaning of “scheme rules”: occupational pension schemes)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (x) insert—

(xi)regulations made under Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015.;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (vii) insert—

(viii)regulations made under paragraph 16 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

(4) In section 97AI(7) (rights to cash transfer sum and contribution refund: further provisions)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (ix) insert—

(x)regulations made under Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (vii) insert—

(viii)regulations made under paragraph 17 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I303Sch. 17 para. 19(1) in operation at 16.7.2015 for specified purposes by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(m)(ii)

I304Sch. 17 para. 19(3) in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(m)(ii)

Prospective

20  In Article 233 of the 2005 Order (no indemnification for fines or civil penalties), in paragraph (1)(b)—N.I.

(a)for “or section” substitute “ , section ”;

(b)after “2008” insert “ or paragraph 10 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 ”.

Section 42.

SCHEDULE 18N.I.POWER TO RESTRICT CHARGES OR IMPOSE REQUIREMENTS IN RELATION TO SCHEMES

Power to restrict chargesN.I.

1—(1) The Department may by regulations make provision—N.I.

(a)prohibiting administration charges which are of a specified class or description, or which exceed specified limits, from being imposed on [F10members] of a relevant scheme;

(b)prohibiting a relevant scheme from containing provision under which administration charges which are of a specified class or description, or which exceed specified limits, will or may be imposed on [F11members] of the scheme.

Specified” means specified in the regulations.

(2) The regulations—

(a)may make provision for the manner of, and criteria for, determining whether an administration charge is of a specified class or description or exceeds specified limits;

(b)may provide for the determination to be made in accordance with guidance issued from time to time by the Department.

(3) The regulations may impose duties on the trustees or managers of a relevant scheme or others.

(4) The regulations may provide that a scheme is not a qualifying scheme in relation to a jobholder for the purposes of Part 1 of the Pensions (No. 2) Act if a provision of the regulations—

(a)is contravened, or

(b)is contravened in a way specified in the regulations.

(5) In this paragraph—

administration charge”, in relation to a member of a pension scheme, means any of the following to the extent that they may be used to meet the administrative expenses of the scheme, to pay commission or in any other way that does not result in the provision of pension benefits for or in respect of members—

(a)

any payments made to the scheme by, or on behalf or in respect of, the member,

(b)

any income or capital gain arising from the investment of such payments, or

(c)

the value of the member's rights under the scheme;

relevant scheme” means a pension scheme of a description specified in the regulations.

Textual Amendments

F10Word in Sch. 18 para. 1(1)(a) substituted (11.2.2021 for specified purposes) by Pension Schemes Act 2021 (c. 1), s. 131(1)(3)(a), Sch. 6 para. 25(2)

F11Word in Sch. 18 para. 1(1)(b) substituted (11.2.2021 for specified purposes) by Pension Schemes Act 2021 (c. 1), s. 131(1)(3)(a), Sch. 6 para. 25(2)

Commencement Information

I305Sch. 18 para. 1 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

Power to impose requirements relating to administration or governanceN.I.

2—(1) The Department may by regulations impose requirements relating to the administration or governance of a relevant scheme that must be satisfied in relation to the scheme.N.I.

(2) The regulations—

(a)may make provision for the manner of, and criteria for, determining whether a requirement is satisfied;

(b)may provide for the determination to be made in accordance with guidance issued from time to time by the Department.

(3) The regulations may impose duties on the trustees or managers of a relevant scheme or others.

(4) The regulations may provide that a scheme is not a qualifying scheme in relation to a jobholder for the purposes of Part 1 of the Pensions (No. 2) Act if a provision of the regulations—

(a)is contravened, or

(b)is contravened in a way specified in the regulations.

(5) In this paragraph “relevant scheme” means a pension scheme of a description specified in the regulations.

Commencement Information

I306Sch. 18 para. 2 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

ComplianceN.I.

3—(1) The Department may by regulations make provision with a view to ensuring compliance with a provision of regulations under paragraph 1 or 2.N.I.

(2) The regulations may in particular—

(a)provide for the Regulator to issue a notice (a “compliance notice”) to a person with a view to ensuring the person's compliance with a provision of regulations under paragraph 1 or 2;

(b)provide for the Regulator to issue a notice (a “third party compliance notice”) to a person with a view to ensuring another person's compliance with a provision of regulations under paragraph 1 or 2;

(c)provide for the Regulator to issue a notice (a “penalty notice”) imposing a penalty on a person where the Regulator is of the opinion that the person has failed to comply with a compliance notice or third party compliance notice or has contravened a provision of regulations under paragraph 1 or 2;

(d)provide for the making of a reference to the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal in respect of the issue of a penalty notice or the amount of a penalty;

(e)confer other functions on the Regulator.

(3) The regulations may make provision for determining the amount, or the maximum amount, of a penalty in respect of a failure or contravention.

(4) But the amount of a penalty imposed under the regulations in respect of a failure or contravention must not exceed—

(a)£5,000, in the case of an individual, and

(b)£50,000, in any other case.

Commencement Information

I307Sch. 18 para. 3 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

InterpretationN.I.

4—(1) Expressions used in this Schedule and in Schedule 17 have the same meaning in this Schedule as in that Schedule (see paragraph 14 of that Schedule).N.I.

(2) In this Schedule “relevant scheme” is to be construed in accordance with paragraphs 1(5) and 2(5).

[F12(3) Where a pension scheme is divided into sections, each section that is a collective money purchase scheme for the purposes of Part 2 of the Pension Schemes Act 2021 (see section 52(2)(b) of that Act) is to be treated for the purposes of this Schedule as a separate scheme.]

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I308Sch. 18 para. 4 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

Crown applicationN.I.

5—(1) This Schedule applies to a pension scheme managed by or on behalf of the Crown as it applies to other pension schemes.N.I.

(2) Accordingly, a reference in this Schedule to a person in the person's capacity as a trustee or manager of a pension scheme include the Crown, or a person acting on behalf of the Crown, in that capacity.

(3) This Schedule applies to persons employed by or under the Crown as it applies to persons employed by a private person.

Commencement Information

I309Sch. 18 para. 5 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

Overriding provisionN.I.

6—(1) The Department may by regulations provide that specified provisions override any provision of a relevant scheme to the extent that it conflicts with them.N.I.

(2) A “specified provision” is a provision of regulations under this Schedule specified in regulations made under sub-paragraph (1).

Commencement Information

I310Sch. 18 para. 6 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

Other provision relating to regulations under this ScheduleN.I.

7  The Department may by regulations amend or otherwise modify any statutory provision (whenever passed or made) in connection with any provision made by regulations under the preceding provisions of this Schedule.N.I.

Commencement Information

I311Sch. 18 para. 7 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

8  Before making any regulations under this Schedule, the Department must consult such persons as it considers appropriate, but that duty to consult does not apply to regulations making only provision corresponding to provision contained in regulations made by the Secretary of State in relation to Great Britain.N.I.

Commencement Information

I312Sch. 18 para. 8 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

AmendmentsN.I.

9—(1) The Pension Schemes Act is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In section 90(2A) (right to cash equivalent)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (viii) (inserted by Schedule 17) insert—

(ix)regulations made under Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (vi) (inserted by Schedule 17) insert—

(vii)regulations made under paragraph6 of Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

(3) In section 96B(2) (meaning of “scheme rules”: occupational pension schemes)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (xi) (inserted by Schedule 17) insert—

(xii)regulations made under Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015.;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (viii) (inserted by Schedule 17) insert—

(ix)regulations made under paragraph 6 of Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

(4) In section 97AI(7) (rights to cash transfer sum and contribution refund: further provisions)—

(a)in paragraph (a), after sub-paragraph (x) (inserted by Schedule 17) insert—

(xi)regulations made under Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;;

(b)in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (viii) (inserted by Schedule 17) insert—

(ix)regulations made under paragraph 6 of Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015..

Commencement Information

I313Sch. 18 para. 9 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

10  In Article 233 of the 2005 Order (no indemnification for fines or civil penalties), in paragraph (1)(b), after “or paragraph 10 of Schedule 17 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015” (inserted by Schedule 17) insert “ or paragraph 3 of Schedule 18 to that Act. ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I314Sch. 18 para. 10 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

11—(1) Section 16 of the Pensions (No. 2) Act (automatic enrolment: qualifying schemes) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) In subsection (3), omit paragraphs (a), (aa) and (ab).

(3) After subsection (3) insert—

(3A) See also paragraphs1(4) and 2(4) of Schedule 18 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015, which confer power to make regulations providing for a scheme not to be a qualifying scheme in relation to a jobholder in certain circumstances..

(4) Omit subsections (4) and (5).

Commencement Information

I315Sch. 18 para. 11 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

12  In consequence of the amendments made by paragraph 11, section 11 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (qualifying schemes: administration charges) is repealed.N.I.

Commencement Information

I316Sch. 18 para. 12 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(n)

Section 45.

SCHEDULE 19N.I.PROHIBITION ORDERS: CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 22)N.I.

1  The 1995 Order is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I317Sch. 19 para. 1 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

2  In Article 6 (removal or suspension of trustees: consequences)—N.I.

(a)in paragraphs (1) and (3), after “Article 3” insert “ or 3A ”;

(b)in paragraph (4), after “Article 3” insert “ , 3A ”.

Commencement Information

I318Sch. 19 para. 2 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

3  In Article 7 (appointment of trustees), in paragraph (1), after “Article 3,” insert “ by Article 3A ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I319Sch. 19 para. 3 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

4  In Article 9 (removal and appointment of trustees: property), after “a trustee” insert “ or a trustee is removed under Article 3A ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I320Sch. 19 para. 4 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

The Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (NI 1)N.I.

5  The 2005 Order is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I321Sch. 19 para. 5 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

6  In Article 7 (functions exercisable by the Determinations Panel), in paragraph (6), after sub-paragraph (e) insert—N.I.

(ea)Article 3A(3) of that Order (application for waiver of prohibition);.

Commencement Information

I322Sch. 19 para. 6 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

7  In Article 61 (register of prohibited trustees), in paragraph (1), for the words from “of all” to the end substituteN.I.

(“the prohibition register”) of—

(a)all persons who are prohibited under Article 3 of the 1995 Order, and

(b)all persons appearing to the Regulator to be prohibited under Article 3A of that Order..

Commencement Information

I323Sch. 19 para. 7 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

8  In Article 91 (Pensions Regulator's regulatory functions: standard procedure), in paragraph (6), after sub-paragraph (i) insert—N.I.

(ia)the power under Article 3A(3) of that Order to give a notice waiving a prohibition;.

Commencement Information

I324Sch. 19 para. 8 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

9  In Article 92 (Pensions Regulator's regulatory functions: special procedure), in paragraph (5), after sub-paragraph (j) insert—N.I.

(ja)the power under Article 3A(3) of that Order to give a notice waiving a prohibition;.

Commencement Information

I325Sch. 19 para. 9 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

10—(1) Schedule 2 (Pensions Regulator's reserved regulatory functions) is amended as follows.N.I.

(2) After paragraph 5 insert—

5A  The power under Article 3A(3) to give a notice waiving a prohibition..

(3) In paragraph 9(a), after “orders)” insert “ or by Article 3A ”.

Commencement Information

I326Sch. 19 para. 10 in operation at 16.7.2015 by S.R. 2015/307, art. 2(1)(o)

Section 48.

SCHEDULE 20N.I.PENSION PROTECTION FUND: INCREASED COMPENSATION CAP FOR LONG SERVICE

PART 1N.I.THE NEW COMPENSATION CAP

1  Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (pension compensation provisions) is amended as follows.N.I.

Commencement Information

I327Sch. 20 para. 1 in operation at 10.3.2017 for specified purposes by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(a)

I328Sch. 20 para. 1 in operation at 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in operation by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

2  In paragraph 26 (the compensation cap), for the definition of “the compensation cap” in sub-paragraph (7) substitute—N.I.

the compensation cap” has the meaning given by paragraph 26A;.

Commencement Information

I329Sch. 20 para. 2 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

3  After paragraph 26 insert—N.I.

26A(1) This paragraph gives the meaning of “the compensation cap” for the purposes of paragraph 26.

(2) The amount of the compensation cap for a person depends on theperson's age and length of pensionable service at the time when the person first becomes entitled to the relevant compensation.

(3) “The compensation cap” for a person who has 20 or fewer years of pensionable service at that time is the standard amount.

(4) “The compensation cap” for a person who has more than 20 years of pensionable service at that time is—

(a)the standard amount, plus

(b)for each additional year, an amount found by multiplying the standard amount by 3%.

(5) A person has an “additional year” for each whole year of pensionable service that exceeds 20 years of pensionable service.

(6) If the total amount calculated under sub-paragraph (4)(b) would exceed the standard amount, it is to be treated as being equal to the standard amount.

(7) In sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) “the standard amount”—

(a)for a person who is 65 years old at the relevant time, means the amount specified by the Department by order, and

(b)for a person of any other age at the relevant time, means the amount specified under paragraph (a) as adjusted in accordance with actuarial adjustment factors published by the Board.

(8) A person credited with a length of notional pensionable service because of pension credit rights is to be treated for the purposes of this paragraph as having pensionable service of that length (in addition to any pensionable service that the person is treated as having under sub-paragraph (9)).

(9) In any case where the Board is satisfied that, under the admissible rules, a person is entitled to benefits that are not attributable to a particular period of pensionable service, the Board may for the purposes of this paragraph treat the person as having a length of pensionable service to reflect those benefits (which is in addition to any other pensionable service that the person has).

(10) In any case where the Board is satisfied that it is not possible to identify the length of some or all of a person's pensionable service under the admissible rules, the Board may, having regard to those rules, determine its length for the purposes of this paragraph.

(11) Where a person becomes entitled to relevant compensation in respect of benefits under two or more connected occupational pension schemes at the same time, this paragraph applies in relation to the relevant compensation in respect of each benefit as if—

(a)a reference to the length of the person's pensionable service were a reference to the total length of the person's pensionable service under all of the schemes (counting any period of overlap once only), and

(b)sub-paragraphs (9) and (10) apply for the purposes of working out the length of the person's pensionable service in respect of each scheme as if a reference to the admissible rules were to the admissible rules of that scheme.

(12) When applying this paragraph in relation to relevant compensation in respect of a benefit, ignore any pensionable service that relates to a benefit that is not from the same source.

(13) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (12)—

(a)benefits attributable to a person's pensionable service under a scheme are from the same source as benefits attributable to the person's pensionable service under that or a connected occupational pension scheme,

(b)benefits under a scheme which are attributable to a pension credit from a transferor are from the same source as benefits under that or a connected occupational pension scheme which are attributable to a pension credit from the same transferor, and

(c)benefits are not otherwise from the same source.

(14) Expressions used in this paragraph have the same meaning as in paragraph 26..

Commencement Information

I330Sch. 20 para. 3 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

4  In paragraph 24(2), at the end insert “ of the periodic compensation at that time ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I331Sch. 20 para. 4 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

5  In paragraph 26(9), after “this paragraph” insert “ and paragraph 26A ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I332Sch. 20 para. 5 in operation at 10.3.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(a)

6  In paragraph 27 (increasing the compensation cap in line with earnings), for “paragraph 26(7)” substitute “ paragraph 26A(7) ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I333Sch. 20 para. 6 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

7  In paragraph 18(2) of Schedule 4 to the Pensions (No. 2) Act, for “the compensation cap” to the end substitute “ a modified version of the compensation cap in paragraph 26A of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order. ”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I334Sch. 20 para. 7 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

PART 2N.I.EFFECT OF CHANGE IN TRANSISTIONAL CASES

Recalculation of periodic compensation going forwardsN.I.

8—(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a person if—N.I.

(a)the person is entitled to periodic compensation under paragraph 3, 11 or 15 of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order,

(b)the compensation is restricted in accordance with paragraph 26 of that Schedule (compensation cap), and

(c)the person first became entitled to the compensation before the commencement date.

(2) The protected pension rate for the person is to be recalculated as if the amendments made by Part 1 had always been in operation and the recalculated protected pension rate has effect for the person as from the commencement date.

(3) For the purposes of that recalculation, paragraph 26A(7) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (inserted by Part 1) has effect as if—

(a)the references to an order made by the Department were references to the relevant old order, and

(b)the reference to actuarial adjustment factors were a reference to the relevant old actuarial adjustment factors.

(4) In this paragraph—

  • “the protected pension rate”—

    (a)

    for a person entitled to periodic compensation under paragraph 3 or 15 of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order means the protected pension rate for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(a) of that paragraph;

    (b)

    for a person entitled to periodic compensation under paragraph 11 of that Schedule, means the protected notional pension for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(a) of that paragraph;

  • the relevant old order” means the order in operation under paragraph 26(7) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (as originally enacted) at the time when the person first became entitled to the periodic compensation;

  • the relevant old actuarial adjustment factors” means the actuarial adjustment factors published by the Board under paragraph 26(7) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (as originally enacted) at the time when the person first became entitled to the periodic compensation.

(5) Nothing in this paragraph affects increases already accrued under paragraph 28 of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order in relation to periods before the commencement date.

Commencement Information

I335Sch. 20 para. 8 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b) (with transitional provisions in S.R. 2017/58)

New cap does not generally affect old paymentsN.I.

9—(1) Nothing in this Schedule affects—N.I.

(a)periodic compensation for a person for periods before the commencement date, or

(b)lump sum compensation for a person who became entitled to the compensation before the commencement date.

(2) In this paragraph—

periodic compensation” means compensation within paragraph 26(4)(a), (b) or (d) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order,

lump sum compensation” means compensation within paragraph 26(4)(c) or (e) of that Schedule.

Commencement Information

I336Sch. 20 para. 9 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b) (with transitional provisions in S.R. 2017/58)

Survivors' compensationN.I.

10  When working out the annual rate of a person's periodic compensation under paragraph 4(3), 13(3) or 18(3) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order, take into account any effect that paragraph 8 would have had on the dead person's rate if it were not for the death.N.I.

Commencement Information

I337Sch. 20 para. 10 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b) (with transitional provisions in S.R. 2017/58)

Cases involving early payment or postponement of compensationN.I.

11  Nothing in this Schedule affects the amount of—N.I.

(a)an actuarial reduction under paragraph 25 of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order in a case where a person became entitled to periodic compensation or lump sum compensation before the commencement date, or

(b)an actuarial increase under paragraph 25A of that Schedule in a case where the commencement of periodic compensation or the payment of lump sum compensation was postponed before the commencement date (even if it continues to be postponed on or after that date).

Commencement Information

I338Sch. 20 para. 11 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b) (with transitional provisions in S.R. 2017/58)

Recalculation of terminal illness lump sums given in the past yearN.I.

12—(1) This paragraph applies in relation to a person who is alive on the commencement date if—N.I.

(a)the person has become entitled to a terminal illness lump sum under paragraph 25E of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order at any time in the period of one year ending with the commencement date, and

(b)the amount of the terminal illness lump sum was restricted in accordance with paragraph 26 of that Schedule (compensation cap).

(2) The terminal illness lump sum for the person is to be recalculated under Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order as if the amendments made by Part 1 of this Schedule had been in operation at the time that the person became entitled to it.

(3) For the purposes of that recalculation, paragraph 26A(7) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (inserted by Part 1) has effect as if—

(a)the references to an order made by the Department were references to the relevant old order, and

(b)the reference to actuarial adjustment factors were a reference to the relevant old actuarial adjustment factors.

(4) In sub-paragraph (3)—

the relevant old order” means the order in operation under paragraph 26(7) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (as originally enacted) at the time when the person became entitled to the terminal illness lump sum;

the relevant old actuarial adjustment factors” means the actuarial adjustment factors published by the Board under paragraph 26(7) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (as originally enacted) at the time when the person became entitled to the terminal illness lump sum.

Commencement Information

I339Sch. 20 para. 12 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b) (with transitional provisions in S.R. 2017/58)

Meaning of “the pension compensation provisions” in Part 3 of the 2005 OrderN.I.

13  Article 146(2) of the 2005 Order is to be treated as including a reference to this Part among “the pension compensation provisions”.N.I.

Commencement Information

I340Sch. 20 para. 13 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

PART 3N.I.SCHEMES UNDERGOING ASSESSMENT OR WINDING UP ON THE COMMENCEMENT DATE

Schemes undergoing assessment on the commencement dateN.I.

14—(1) This paragraph applies in relation to an eligible scheme that is undergoing assessment on the commencement date.N.I.

Commencement Information

I341Sch. 20 para. 14 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

Continue to use the old cap as the basis of assessmentN.I.

(2) For the purposes of the following, ignore any effect that this Schedule has on the compensation which would be payable if the Board assumed responsibility for the scheme in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the 2005 Order—

(a)any provision in which the definition of “protected liabilities” in Article 115 of that Order applies, and

(b)any provision in which the definition of “protected benefits quotation” in Article 135(8) of that Order applies.

Going forwards, pay pensions on the basis of the new capN.I.

(3) For the purposes of Article 122(2) of the 2005 Order take into account any effect that this Schedule has on the compensation which would be payable if the Board assumed responsibility for the scheme in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 3 of that Order on the assessment date.

Schemes that begin winding up before the commencement dateN.I.

15—(1) This paragraph applies in relation to an eligible scheme that is being wound up if the winding up began (or is treated as having begun) before the commencement date.N.I.

Commencement Information

I342Sch. 20 para. 15 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

Use the old cap when working out the preferential liabilities (generally)N.I.

(2) For the purposes of Articles 73 and 73A of the 1995 Order, ignore any effect that this Schedule has on the compensation which would be payable if the Board assumed responsibility for the scheme in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the 2005 Order.

Going forwards, pay pensions on the basis of the new cap during assessmentN.I.

(3) If for any period the scheme is being wound up and is also undergoing assessment (“the overlap period”), sub-paragraph (4) applies.

(4) For the purposes of Article 73A of the 1995 Order, as it applies in relation to the overlap period, take into account any effect that this Schedule has on the compensation which would be payable if the Board assumed responsibility for the scheme in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the 2005 Order.

Meaning of “undergoing assessment”N.I.

16  For the purposes of this Part of this Schedule an eligible scheme is “undergoing assessment” if an assessment period has begun in relation to the scheme but has not yet ended.N.I.

Commencement Information

I343Sch. 20 para. 16 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

Meaning of “eligible scheme”N.I.

17  Article 110(4) of the 2005 Order (list of provisions in relation to which regulations may provide that a scheme remains an “eligible scheme”) is to be treated as including a reference to this Part of this Schedule.N.I.

Commencement Information

I344Sch. 20 para. 17 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

PART 4N.I.INTERPRETATION AND POWER TO MAKE FURTHER TRANSISTIONAL PROVISION

InterpretationN.I.

18  In this Schedule “the commencement date” means the date on which it comes fully into operation.N.I.

Commencement Information

I345Sch. 20 para. 18 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

19  Other expressions used in this Schedule have the same meaning as in Part 3 of the 2005 Order.N.I.

Commencement Information

I346Sch. 20 para. 19 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

Further transitional provisionN.I.

20  The inclusion of Parts 2 and 3 does not prevent transitional provision being made by order under section 53(5).N.I.

Commencement Information

I347Sch. 20 para. 20 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

21—(1) In relation to a case involving multiple benefits, transitional provision made by order under section 53(5) may, in particular—N.I.

(a)disapply or modify any provision of this Schedule;

(b)make provision similar to any provision of this Schedule.

(2) For these purposes, “a case involving multiple benefits” means a case mentioned in paragraph 26(9) of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order.

Commencement Information

I348Sch. 20 para. 21 in operation at 6.4.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(b)

22—(1) Transitional provision made by order under section 53(5) may, in particular, make provision in relation to compensation payable under Chapter 1 of Part 3 of the Pensions (No. 2) Act (compensation sharing on divorce etc.) that is similar to any provision of Part 2 of this Schedule.N.I.

(2) Regulations under paragraph 18 of Schedule 4 to the Pensions (No. 2) Act which restrict an amount payable to a person in any period by reference to a modified version of the compensation cap in paragraph 26A of Schedule 6 to the 2005 Order (inserted by Part 1 of this Schedule) may also make provision similar to any provision of Part 3 of this Schedule.

Commencement Information

I349Sch. 20 para. 22 in operation at 10.3.2017 by S.R. 2017/44, art. 5(a)

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