Amendments proposed to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Mr David Willetts
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

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Page     68,     line     37     [Clause     69],     at end insert—

    '( ) Nothing in this section shall apply to any healthcare provision by the employer, which shall be exempt from Class 1A National Insurance contributions.'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO CHAPTER I OF PART II

Calculation of Category B retirement pension

   

Mr Secretary Darling

NC33

To move the following Clause:—

    ' .—(1) In section 46 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (modifications of section 45 for calculating the additional pension in certain benefits), after subsection (2) there shall be inserted—

            "(3) For the purpose of determining the additional pension falling to be calculated under section 45 above by virtue of section 48BB below in a case where the deceased spouse died under pensionable age, the following definition shall be substituted for the definition of "N" in section 45(4)(b) above—

            "'N' =

            (a) the number of tax years which begin after 5th April 1978 and end before the date when the deceased spouse dies, or

            (b) the number of tax years in the period—

                (i) beginning with the tax year in which the deceased spouse ('S') attained the age of 16 or, if later, 1978-79, and

                (ii) ending immediately before the tax year in which S would have attained pensionable age if S had not died earlier,

            whichever is the smaller number."

    (2) In section 48BB of that Act (Category B retirement pension: entitlement by reference to benefits under section 39A or 39B) in subsection (5) for "section 46(2)" there shall be substituted "section 46(3)".

    (3) In paragraph 5 of Schedule 8 to the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 (welfare benefits: minor and consequential amendments), sub-paragraph (b), and the word "and" immediately preceding it, shall be omitted.'.


Widows'/widowers' SERPS entitlements

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    'In section 52 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act, subsections (1) and (2) shall be left out, and there shall be inserted—

    "(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make such provision as is authorised by subsection (2) and one or more of subsections (3) to (4),

    (2) The regulations may provide for any prescribed provision of Part II of the Contributions and Benefits Act (contributory benefits) which relates to additional pension for widows or widowers to have effect, in relation to persons of any prescribed description (which shall include at least all those who had reached pensionable age on or before 5th April 2000), with such modifications as may be prescribed for securing—

      (a) that any such additional pension, or

      (b) in the case of any provision of Schedule 5 to that Act (increase of pension where entitlement is deferred), that any constituent element of an increase provided for by that Schedule,

    is increased by such percentage as may be prescribed (which may be 100 per cent, and which shall be 100 per cent for any person who had reached pensionable age on or before 5th April 2000).".'.


Age additions

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    'For section 79 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 there shall be substituted—

    "79.—(1) A person who is above the specified age and who is entitled to a retirement pension of any category shall be entitled to an increase of the pension, to be known as 'age addition'.

    (2) Where a person is in receipt of a pension or allowance payable by the Secretary of State by virtue of any enactment or instrument (whether passed or made before or after this Act) and—

      (a) he is above the specified age; and

      (b) he fulfils such other conditions as may be prescribed,

    he shall be entitled to an increase of that pension or allowance, also known as age addition.

    (3) In this section 'specified age' means an age specified by the Secretary of State in regulations.

    (4) Age addition shall be payable for the life of the person entitled, at weekly rates to be determined by the Secretary of State in regulations.

    (5) Regulations under this section may—

      (a) specify one or more specified ages at which age addition shall be payable;

      (b) provide for different rates of age addition to be payable for persons of different specified ages.".'.


Rate of introduction of state second pension

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George

NC10

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) In this section—

      a "SERPS year" is any financial year from 1978-79 to the year before the first appointed year; and

      a "State Second Pension year" is any financial year from the first appointed year onwards.

    (2) This section shall apply to any person reaching pensionable age after the end of the first appointed year.

    (3) In each State Second Pension year in which a person accrues state second pension entitlement, that person may elect to accrue an additional year's entitlement in respect of that year in substitution for their additional pension entitlement in respect of one SERPS year.

    (4) Such substitution may only take place in respect of SERPS years in which that person either paid National Insurance Contributions or was entitled to credits in lieu of National Insurance Contributions.

    (5) The Benefits Agency shall be required to notify any person to whom this section applies of their rights, and shall explain how those rights may be exercised to produce the maximum total entitlement to additional pension.'.


Date of payment of benefit

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George
Mr Donald Gorrie

NC11

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—In section 5(1)(k) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, at the end, there shall be inserted—

      "except that where the conditions of entitlement are satisfied, a retirement pension shall become payable from a date no later than the date on which the claimant reaches pensionable age.".'.


Enhancement of the state personal pension

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC14

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A person shall be entitled to one extra year's accrual of State Second Pension—

      (a) for every four years in which that person paid National Insurance Contributions; or

      (b) for every four years in which that person was eligible for Home Responsibilities Protection.

    (2) The accrual to which a person is entitled under subsection (1) above shall be at the Stage 2 flat rate of the State Second Pension.'.


Publicity and the state second pension

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC17

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The provisions of Part II of the Act shall not come into force until such time as the Secretary of State shall have published in the London Gazette a statement containing estimates prepared by the Government Actuary's Department detailing the numbers of persons for whom—

      (a) the State Second Pension; or

      (b) the stakeholder or any other private pension scheme

    is likely to be suitable.

    (2) The statement under subsection (1) above shall be made immediately upon the introduction of Stage 1 of the State Second Pension.

    (3) The Secretary of State shall, by regulations laid before Parliament on the day this Act receives Royal Assent, provide for the monitoring of stakeholder pensions by the Financial Services Authority and the Government Actuary's Department.

    (4) The Secretary of State shall, before authorising a move to Stage 2 of the State Second Pension, consult with:

      (a) the Financial Services Authority;

      (b) the Government Actuary's Department; and

      (c) representatives of the life assurance and pensions industries

    regarding the financial and any other implications of the implementation of Stage 2.

    (5) The Secretary of State shall, by regulations, set down the manner in which those representatives cited in subsection (4)(c) above shall be selected; and the regulations shall have effect from the day on which this Act receives Royal Assent.

    (6) The Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament a report of the consultation carried out under subsection (4) above, including but not limited to—

      (a) the opinions of consultees on the existing degree of uptake of the State Second Pension;

      (b) the opinions of consultees on the likely future degree of uptake of the State Second Pension; and

      (c) any other matters that the consultees deem necessary and request to be laid before Parliament.'.


Concurrency of pensions, rebates and extra monies

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Eric Pickles
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Julie Kirkbride

NC18

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A person shall be able to hold both a stakeholder pension and an occupational pension concurrently and without financial penalty.

    (2) Any rebates or extra monies that may be payable to a person, and which are greater for Stage 1 of the State Second Pension than for SERPS, shall be paid into a stakeholder pension.'.

 
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