The Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2005
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The First Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 7 and 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972, after consultation with such associations of local authorities as appeared to him to be concerned, the local authorities with whom consultation appeared to him to be desirable and such representatives of other persons likely to be affected by the Regulations as appeared to him to be appropriate, makes the following Regulations:
Citation, commencement, interpretation and extent
1. —(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2005.
(2) These Regulations shall come into force on 3rd August 2005, but regulations 2 to 5 shall have effect from 1st April 2005.
(3) In these Regulations, "the principal Regulations" means the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997.
(4) These Regulations extend to England and Wales.
Revocation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004
2. The Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 are revoked.
Revival of previously revoked provisions
3. The provisions of the principal Regulations listed in regulation 4 are revived and shall have effect as they had effect immediately before the coming into force of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004.
4. The provisions mentioned in regulation 3 are regulations 25(3A), 26(1), 31(1) and (4), 32(5)(a), 122(4), 123(2)(b), in Schedule 3, paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Table, and in Schedule 7, paragraph 2(4).
Revocation of amendments made by the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004
5. The following provisions of the principal Regulations (being provisions inserted by the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004) are revoked—
(b) regulation 122(6A) and (6B), and
(c) in regulation 122A(3), the words "(and regulation 122(6B) does not apply to a transfer value credited under this regulation)".
Revised rates and adjustments certificates
(b) to each body with employees who contribute to the fund to which the certificate relates; and
(c) to any other body which is or may become liable to make payments to that fund.
(6) The administering authority shall also
send to the Secretary of State, not later than 30th September 2005—
(b) a summary of the assets of the fund as at 31st March 2005.
(This note is not part of the Order)
These Regulations amend the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations 1997.
The principal effect of the Regulations is to restore to the Local Government Pension Scheme the so-called "85-year rule". Where retirement benefits are payable to an early leaver before his normal retirement date, an actuarial reduction is normally applied to those benefits. The "85-year rule" allows an early leaver from the Scheme whose age and years of membership equal 85 or more to receive his retirement benefits without that actuarial reduction. The "85-year rule" was removed from the Scheme by amendments made by the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 ("the 2004 Regulations"). Its restoration is achieved by regulations 2 to 5 of these Regulations, which have effect from 1st April 2005. Under section 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972, regulations may be made which have effect from a date before their coming into force.
Other minor technical amendments (relating to counting of periods of membership) made by the 2004 Regulations are unaffected.
Regulation 7 enables an administering authority to obtain a revised rates and adjustment certificate where it appears to the authority that the effect of these Regulations is likely to result in liabilities greater than those set out in the existing certificate. Where a revised certificate is obtained, it has effect only from 1st April 2006.
Provision is made in regulation 8 to ensure that any person entitled to benefits under the Scheme is not placed in any worse position by the retrospective effect of regulations 2 to 5 of the Regulations.
A full regulatory impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of employing authorities in the Local Government Pension Scheme is available on the internet at www.odpm.gov.uk. Copies can be obtained by post from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2/E7, Ashdown House, London SW1E 6DE, or by phoning 0207 944 6015.
 1972 c. 11; section 12 was amended by section 10 of the Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1990 (c. 7).back
 S.I. 1997/1612; relevant amending instruments are S.I. 1997/954, 1613, 1998/1238, 1999/3438, 2001/770, 3401, 2002/206, 2003/1022, 2004/573 and 2004/3372.back
 The Secretary of State's functions under section 7 of the Superannuation Act 1972 in so far as they were exercisable in relation to Scotland were devolved to Scottish Ministers by section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998 (1998 c. 46) and article 2 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers etc) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/1750).back
 S.I. 2004/3372.back
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