The Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

Link to law: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/1999/3147/contents

Introductory Text

PART I INTRODUCTORY

1.Title and commencement
2.Interpretation

PART II STAKEHOLDER PENSION SCHEMES

3.Meaning of “stakeholder pension scheme”
4.Registration of stakeholder pension schemes
5.Duty of employers to facilitate access to stakeholder pension schemes
Arts. 6‐7 rep. by 2005 NI 1
8.Application of certain statutory provisions
9.Interpretation and application of Part II

PART III PENSIONS: GENERAL

Payments by employers to pension schemes

10.Monitoring of employers' payments to personal pension schemes
11.Late payments by employers to occupational pension schemes

Pensions and bankruptcy

12.Effect of bankruptcy on pension rights: approved arrangements
13.Effect of bankruptcy on pension rights: unapproved arrangements
14.No forfeiture on bankruptcy of rights under pension schemes
15.Excessive pension contributions made by persons who have become bankrupt

Miscellaneous

16.Compensating occupational pension schemes
Article 17—Amendments

PART IV PENSIONS ON DIVORCE ETC.

Article 18—Amendments
Article 19—Amendments
20.Extension to overseas divorces etc.

Miscellaneous

21.Supply of pension information in connection with divorce etc.
22.Charges by pension arrangements in relation to earmarking orders
23.Interpretation of Part IV

PART V PENSION SHARING

CHAPTER I SHARING OF RIGHTS UNDER PENSION ARRANGEMENTS

Pension sharing mechanism

24.Scope of mechanism
25.Activation of pension sharing
26.Creation of pension debits and credits
27.Cash equivalents

Pension debits

28.Reduction of benefit
29.Effect on contracted-out rights

Pension credits

30.Time for discharge of liability
31.“Implementation period”
32.Mode of discharge of liability

Treatment of pension credit rights under schemes

33.Safeguarded rights
34.Requirements relating to pension credit benefit
35.Treatment in winding up

Indexation

36.Public service pension schemes
37.Other pension schemes

Charges by pension arrangements
38.Charges in respect of pension sharing costs

Adaptation of statutory schemes

39.Extension of scheme-making powers
40.Power to extend judicial pension schemes

Supplementary

41.Disapplication of restrictions on alienation
42.Information
43.Interpretation of Chapter I

CHAPTER II SHARING OF STATE SCHEME RIGHTS

44.Shareable state scheme rights
45.Activation of benefit sharing
46.Creation of state scheme pension debits and credits
47.Effect of state scheme pension debits and credits
48.Interpretation of Chapter II

PART VI WELFARE

CHAPTER I SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Additional pensions
49.Preservation of rights in respect of additional pensions

State maternity allowance
50.Extension of entitlement to state maternity allowance

Benefits for widows and widowers

51.Bereavement payments
52.New allowances for bereaved spouses
53.Entitlement to Category B retirement pension by reference to new allowances

Work-focused interviews

54.Claim or full entitlement to certain benefits conditional on work-focused interview
55.Optional work-focused interviews

Jobseeker's allowance

Article 56—Amendments
57.Special schemes for claimants for jobseeker's allowance

Incapacity for work
58.Incapacity for work: personal capability assessments

Incapacity benefits

59.Incapacity benefit: restriction to recent contributors
60.Incapacity benefit: reduction for pension payments
61.Incapacity benefit: persons incapacitated in youth
62.Abolition of severe disablement allowance

Disability benefits

63.Attendance allowance
64.Disability living allowance

Miscellaneous

65.Certain overpayments of benefit not to be recoverable
66.Child benefit: claimant to state national insurance number
Article 67—Amendments

Supplementary

68.Sharing of functions as regards claims and information
69.Supply of information for certain purposes

CHAPTER II OTHER WELFARE PROVISIONS

70.Measures to reduce under-occupation by housing benefit claimants
71.Supply of information for child support purposes

PART VII GENERAL

Miscellaneous
72.Authorisation of certain expenditure

Supplementary

73.Regulations and orders
74.Consequential amendments etc.
75.Transitional provisions
Article 76—Repeals

SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 1
APPLICATION OF THE PENSION SCHEMES ACT AND THE PENSIONS ORDER TO REGISTERED SCHEMES

1.(1) The provisions specified in sub-paragraph (2) shall apply as...
Paras. 2, 3 rep. by 2005 NI 1

Schedule 2—Amendments

Schedule 3—Amendments

Schedule 4—Amendments

SCHEDULE 5
PENSION CREDITS: MODE OF DISCHARGE

Funded pension schemes (1) This paragraph applies to a pension credit which derives...

Funded pension schemes
1.(1) This paragraph applies to a pension credit which derives...

Unfunded public service pension schemes
2.(1) This paragraph applies to a pension credit which derives...

Other unfunded occupational pension schemes
3.(1) This paragraph applies to a pension credit which derives...

Other pension arrangements
4.(1) This paragraph applies to a pension credit which derives...

Appropriate rights
5.For the purposes of this Schedule, rights conferred on the...

Qualifying arrangements
6.(1) The following are qualifying arrangements for the purposes of...

Disqualification as destination for pension credit
7.(1) If a pension credit derives from a pension arrangement...

Adjustments to amount of pension credit

8.(1) If— (a) a pension credit derives from an occupational...
9.If— (a) a person's shareable rights under a pension arrangement...
10.The Department may by regulations make provision for paragraph 1(3),...

General

11.Liability in respect of a pension credit shall be treated...
12.Liability in respect of a pension credit may not be...
13.Regulations under paragraph 5(b) or 7(3) may provide for calculation...
13A.The provisions of this Schedule are subject to—
14.In this Schedule— “funded”, in relation to an occupational pension...

Schedule 6—Amendments

Schedule 7—Amendments

Schedule 8—Amendments

Schedule 9—Amendments

Schedule 10—Repeals
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