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Pension Schemes Act (Northern Ireland) 2021

Section 7: Fit and proper persons requirement

Section 7 sets out a requirement that the Pensions Regulator must decide if key persons in the scheme are fit and proper to act in their roles. These roles are: a person who establishes the scheme, a trustee of the scheme, a person who has the power to appoint and remove trustees, a person who has the power to amend the scheme, a scheme funder and a scheme strategist. Additional roles subject to a fit and proper test may be added by regulations under subsection (2)(h).

In addition, subsection (3) enables the Pensions Regulator to determine the fitness and propriety of further persons in the capacities mentioned in that subsection. Under this provision the Regulator may assess persons who promote or market a Master Trust scheme and other roles that may be set out in regulations made under subsection (3)(b).

Under subsection (4), when the Pensions Regulator makes its assessment, it must take into account any matters that are specified in regulations made by the Department (subsection (4)(a)).

The Pensions Regulator may also take into account other matters, including matters relating to a person who is connected with that person (subsection (4)(b)). Subsection (5) sets out the circumstances in which persons can be considered to be connected with each other, for example, persons who are directors, or shadow directors, of the same company or where a trustee is able to exercise a power under the trust to benefit a specific person.

Subsection (7) provides that the first regulations made under subsection (4) are subject to the confirmatory procedure.

Subsection (8) provides that any subsequent regulations made under subsection (4) and any regulations made under subsections (2) and (3) are subject to negative resolution.

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