Explanatory Memorandum

Public Service Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2014

2014 CHAPTER 2

11 March 2014

Commentary on Sections

Cost Control

Section 11: Valuations

This section sets out that defined benefits schemes made under section 1 must be actuarially valued in accordance with Department of Finance and Personnel directions.

Subsection (1) requires scheme regulations to provide for actuarial valuations that will cover both defined benefits pension schemes that are created by, or governed by, the Act and any connected scheme. Section 4(6) defines a connected scheme as one which covers employees who are employed in the same kind of public service as the new scheme, provided they are not excepted from this rule under scheme regulations.

Subsections (2) and (3) set out that the valuations must be carried out in accordance with Department of Finance and Personnel directions. Those directions may specify key details on how valuations should be carried out, including:

Subsection (4) requires the Department of Finance and Personnel to consult the Government Actuary before making, revoking, or amending directions.

Subsection (5) requires the Department of Finance and Personnel to consult with persons, or representatives of persons, likely to be affected before making directions under section 11.

Subsection (6) provides that scheme regulations for other kinds of schemes, such as injury and compensation schemes, may provide for actuarial valuations of that scheme and any connected scheme. This will allow for those schemes to be valued alongside a pension scheme if this is appropriate.