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Consideration of Bill: 29 October 2013                  

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new clauses and new schedules relating to state pension credit

 

State pension credit: phasing out assessed income periods

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 6 of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (duty to specify assessed income

 

period), in subsection (1), after “subsection (3) or (4)” insert “where the relevant

 

decision takes effect before 6 April 2016”.

 

(2)    

At the end of the heading to that section insert “for pre-6 April 2016 awards”.

 

(3)    

Regulations under section 9(5) of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 may in

 

particular be made for the purpose of phasing out, on or after 6 April 2016, any

 

remaining assessed income period that is 5 years or shorter than 5 years.’.

 


 

Preserving indefinite status of certain existing assessed income periods

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

If this section comes into force before 6 April 2014—

 

(a)    

section 105(6) of the Pensions Act 2008 (which provides that section 9(6)

 

of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 ceases to have effect on 6 April

 

2014) is repealed, and

 

(b)    

in section 9(6)(a) of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (duration of

 

assessed income period for certain transitional cases to be treated as

 

indefinite), after “brought to an end” insert “, on or after 6 April 2009 but

 

before 6 April 2014,”.

 

(2)    

If this section comes into force on or after 6 April 2014—

 

(a)    

section 105(6) of the Pensions Act 2008 (which provides that section 9(6)

 

of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 ceases to have effect on 6 April

 

2014) is repealed and is to be treated as never having had effect, and

 

(b)    

in section 9(6)(a) of the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (duration of

 

assessed income period for certain transitional cases to be treated as

 

indefinite) as restored by this section, after “brought to an end” insert “,

 

on or after 6 April 2009 but before 6 April 2014,”.’.

 



 
 

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new clauses and new schedules RELATING TO, AND AMENDMENTS TO, PART 1

 

Review into state pension in relation to women within 15 years of state pension age

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Government shall conduct a review in relation to women with a limited

 

national insurance contribution record, who relied on a husband’s national

 

insurance contributions, and would under previous arrangements have accrued a

 

benefit based on such spousal contributions.

 

(2)    

The review shall determine the costs and benefits of permitting women within 15

 

years of state pension age as at 6 April 2016 to retain their accrued rights if this

 

would provide a better outcome than under the state pension provided for by this

 

Act.

 

(3)    

Such a review shall be conducted within six months of Royal Assent of this Act

 

and a copy of the report must be laid before Parliament.

 

(4)    

The review shall consider whether similar provision should be made in relation

 

to sections 9 and 10 of this Act.’.

 


 

State pension entitlement for women born between 6 April 1951 and 5 April 1953

 

Caroline Lucas

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Women born between 6 April 1951 and 5 April 1953 have the right to choose to

 

receive their state pension and associated benefits under the new state pension

 

system, set out in Part 1, from its introduction.

 

(2)    

The Government must ensure information about the full range of entitlements

 

under the old state pension rules and the new state pension is available to allow

 

women in subsection (1) to make a comparison of total weekly income.

 

(3)    

The responsibility for making a choice under subsection (1) lies fully with the

 

individual.’.

 


 

Review in relation to women born on or after 6 April 1951

 

Gregg McClymont

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall conduct a review to determine whether all women

 

born on or after 6 April 1951 should be included within the scope of the new state

 

pension arrangements established by this Act.


 
 

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(2)    

The Secretary of State must prepare and publish a report on the review within six

 

months of Royal Assent of this Act and must lay a copy of the report before

 

Parliament.’.

 


 

Sir Peter Bottomley

 

Sir Roger Gale

 

Hywel Williams

 

Kate Hoey

 

1

 

Page  10,  line  1,  leave out Clause 20.

 


 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John McDonnell

 

35

 

Clause  24,  page  11,  line  34,  leave out ‘An’ and insert ‘With the consent of the

 

trustees, an’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

2

 

Clause  24,  page  11,  line  36,  leave out ‘those members’ and insert ‘some or all of

 

the members to whom the amendments apply’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

3

 

Clause  24,  page  11,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The power may be used to make amendments that will apply in relation to future

 

members and correspond to the amendments being made in relation to current

 

members.’.

 

Gregg McClymont

 

37

 

Clause  24,  page  11,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

a scheme in respect of any of its terms which relate to persons protected

 

under the terms of—

 

(i)    

the Electricity (Protected Persons) (England and Wales) Pension

 

Regulations 1990;

 

(ii)    

the Electricity (Protected Persons) (Scotland) Pension

 

Regulations 1990;

 

(iii)    

the Electricity (Protected Persons) (Northern Ireland) Pension

 

Regulations 1992;

 

(iv)    

the Railway Pensions (Protection and Designation of Schemes)

 

Order 1984;

 

(v)    

the London Transport Pensions Arrangements Order 2000;

 

(vi)    

the Coal Industry (Protected Persons) Pensions Regulations

 

1994; or


 
 

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(vii)    

the nuclear industry employees protected by Schedule 8 of the

 

Energy Act 2004.’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

4

 

Clause  24,  page  11,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

‘“current member”, in relation to a scheme, means a person who is a

 

member of the scheme at the time that the power is used (and “future

 

member” is to be read accordingly);’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

36

 

Clause  24,  page  12,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘“trustees or managers” has the meaning given in section 178 of the Pension

 

Schemes Act 1993 and regulations made thereunder.’.

 


 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

14

 

Schedule  1,  page  28,  line  17,  leave out from ‘if’ to end of line 21 and insert—

 

‘(i)    

sections 46 and 48A of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 were

 

ignored, and

 

(ii)    

for the purposes of calculating the amounts referred to in

 

section 45(2)(c) and (d) of the Contributions and Benefits Act

 

any earnings paid to or for the benefit of the person in respect

 

of contracted-out employment were treated as if they were not

 

in respect of contracted-out employment.

 

      (2)  

“Contracted-out employment” means employment qualifying a person for a

 

pension provided by a salary related contracted-out scheme, a money purchase

 

contracted-out scheme or an appropriate personal pension scheme (and

 

expressions used in this definition have the same meaning as in the Pension

 

Schemes Act 1993).’.

 


 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

15

 

Schedule  12,  page  48,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

            

‘In section 71 (overpayments - general), in subsection (11), before paragraph

 

(a) insert—

 

“(za)    

state pension or a lump sum under Part 1 of the Pensions Act

 

2013;”.’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

16

 

Schedule  12,  page  53,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

            

‘The State Pension Credit Act 2002 is amended as follows.


 
 

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In section 7 (fixing of claimant’s retirement provision for assessed income

 

period), in subsection (6)(a), after “benefit under” insert “Part 1 of the Pensions

 

Act 2013 or”.’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

17

 

Schedule  12,  page  53,  line  17,  leave out ‘of the State Pension Credit Act 2002’.

 


 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

18

 

Schedule  14,  page  77,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The regulations may make provision about the calculation of those amounts,

 

including provision requiring them to be calculated in accordance with specified

 

methods or assumptions.’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

19

 

Schedule  14,  page  78,  line  28,  leave out ‘relevant’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

20

 

Schedule  14,  page  78,  line  35,  leave out ‘relevant’.

 

John McDonnell

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

34

 

Schedule  14,  page  79,  line  5,  leave out paragraph 11.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

21

 

Schedule  14,  page  79,  line  8,  at end insert ‘and supplementary matters’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

22

 

Schedule  14,  page  79,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

            

‘Regulations under this Schedule may confer a discretion on a person.’

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

23

 

Schedule  14,  page  79,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘Information

 

    (1)  

Regulations may require the trustees or managers of an occupational pension

 

scheme to provide information requested by an employer in connection with

 

the powers given by section 24(2).

 

      (2)  

The regulations may provide for section 10 of the Pensions Act 1995 (civil

 

penalties) to apply to a person who fails to comply with a requirement.


 
 

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      (3)  

In this paragraph “managers”, in relation to a pension scheme (other than a

 

scheme established under a trust), means the persons responsible for the

 

management of the scheme.’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

24

 

Schedule  14,  page  79,  line  16,  after the second ‘a’ insert ‘current’.

 


 

NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO, AND AMENDMENTS TO, PART 2

 

Pensionable age: differential effect in England, Wales and Scotland

 

Hywel Williams

 

NC13

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Part 2 of this Act shall not come into force until the Secretary of State has laid a

 

report before both Houses of Parliament containing an assessment of the

 

differential effect and impact of the pensionable age in England, Wales and

 

Scotland due to varying levels of life expectancy and gross value added.’.

 


 

NEW CLAUSES AND NEW SCHEDULES RELATING TO, AND AMENDMENTS TO, PART 3

 

Bereavement support payment: prisoners

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that a person is not to be paid

 

bereavement support payment for any period during which the person is a

 

prisoner.

 

(2)    

“Prisoner” means a person (in Great Britain or elsewhere) who is—

 

(a)    

imprisoned or detained in legal custody, or

 

(b)    

unlawfully at large.

 

(3)    

In the case of a person remanded in custody for an offence, regulations under

 

subsection (1) may be made so as to apply only if a sentence of a specified

 

description is later imposed on the person for the offence.’.

 



 
 

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Sheila Gilmore

 

33

 

Clause  27,  page  14,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

In the case of a person who is pregnant or entitled to child benefit the regulations

 

must provide for the allowance to be payable—

 

(a)    

for a period of at least three years; and

 

(b)    

until the youngest child of that person at the time of the death has reached

 

the age of seven years, whichever is the longer period.’.

 


 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

25

 

Schedule  15,  page  82,  line  17,  leave out ‘sections 27 and 28’ and insert ‘Part 3’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

26

 

Schedule  15,  page  83,  line  8,  leave out ‘section 27 or 28’ and insert ‘Part 3’.

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

27

 

Schedule  15,  page  83,  line  11,  leave out ‘section 27 or 28’ and insert ‘Part 3’.

 

Sheila Gilmore

 

32

 

Schedule  15,  page  84,  line  30,  at end add—

 

‘The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/376)

 

49  (4)  

The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 are amended as follows.

 

      (5)  

After sub-paragraph 89(1)(f) insert—

 

“(g)    

the claimant is claiming Bereavement Support Allowance and is

 

eligible for Child Benefit for at least one child.”.’.

 


 

remaining proceedings on consideration

 

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

12

 

Clause  46,  page  24,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

regulations under paragraph 2 of Schedule [Work-based schemes: power

 

to restrict charges or impose requirements] or regulations under

 

paragraph 7 of that Schedule that amend a provision of an Act, or

 

(f)    

the first regulations under paragraph 3 of that Schedule,’.

 



 
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