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Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012

Part 5: Miscellaneous and General

Section 32: Grants by the Department to advisory bodies etc

Section 32 amends section 169 of the Pension Schemes (NI) Act to enable the Department to make grants to pensions advisory bodies or those undertaking such other functions in relation to pensions as may be specified in regulations. As these grants will be made under section 169, the expenditure can be recouped under the general levy which is imposed on occupational and personal pension schemes under section 170 of the Pension Schemes (NI) Act and is collected by the Pensions Regulator on behalf of the Department.

Section 33: Service of documents and electronic working

Section 33 introduces a ‘service rule’ covering Part 1 (Chapters 2 and 3 and section 59(1)(c)) and Part 3 (Chapter 1) of the Pensions (No. 2) Act. This section applies the service rule as set out in Articles 277 and 278 of the 2005 Order and makes minor consequential amendments to section 59(1)(c).

A service rule provides a means of proving that a notice or other document authorised or required by this legislation was sent to its intended recipient. It specifies the persons to whom the notification or documents are to be sent and the manner in which they can be properly served on them.

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