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Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

Section 4: Category A and C retirement pensions: abolition of adult dependency increases

Section 4(1) and (2) provides that sections 83, 84 and 85 of the Contributions and Benefits Act are to cease to apply from 6th April 2010. The Contributions and Benefits Act allows for the weekly rate of Category A or C pension to be increased in respect of a pensioner’s wife (section 83), civil partner (section 83A), husband (section 84) or person having care of his or her child (section 85). Section 83A, which was intended by virtue of paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the 1995 Order to provide for increases in respect of spouses and civil partners to be on an equal footing from 6th April 2010, is omitted.

Subsections (5) to (7) provide that the repeal of sections 83, 84 and 85, and consequential amendments, are not to apply in certain cases before 6th April 2020. This saving will apply in relation to a person who has claimed an increase of pension under those provisions before 6th April 2010 and who immediately before that date is either:

  • entitled to the increase; or

  • has underlying entitlement to it by virtue of section 92 where the dependant’s earnings fluctuate;

unless the person otherwise ceases to be entitled to the increase (other than as a result of a fluctuation in the dependant’s earnings) or, in the case of an increase paid in respect of a wife, the wife reaches state pension age and becomes eligible for a Category B pension.

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