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Pension Schemes Act (Northern Ireland) 2021

Section 12: Continuity strategy requirement

Section 12 provides that the scheme strategist must prepare a continuity strategy which sets out how members will be protected if a Master Trust has a triggering event; the strategy must also include a section setting out the levels of administration charges that apply in relation to members of the scheme (subsection (4)). The Pensions Regulator will need to determine if it is satisfied that the strategy is adequate as part of the authorisation decision (see section 5).

Triggering events are set out in section 21 and are events which are likely to lead to the scheme failing or being de-authorised. Subsection (6) provides a power for the Department to make regulations on other information that may be required, for example, the detail to be included in relation to levels of administration charges, and how the strategy must be prepared (subsection (5)).

The scheme strategist is also required to review the strategy and revise it as appropriate (subsection (7)). The strategy, and any revisions, must be approved by the trustees, any other scheme strategist and each scheme funder (subsection (8)).

The continuity strategy must be submitted to the Pensions Regulator by the scheme strategist or trustees when applying for authorisation, and within three months of revising the strategy, or on request by the Pensions Regulator.

Subsections (10) and (11) provide that the first regulations made under this section are subject to the confirmatory procedure and that any subsequent regulations are subject to negative resolution.

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