S.I. No. 270/1985 - Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No. 3) Scheme, 1985.


S.I. No. 270 of 1985.

DEFENCE FORCES (PENSIONS) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) SCHEME, 1985.

ARRANGEMENT OF ARTICLES

Article

1. Short title, collective citation and construction.

2. Commencement.

3. Application of the Interpretation Act, 1937.

4. Definitions.

5. Increase of retired pay of officers retired before 2nd day of January, 1985.

6. Increase of retired pay under Article 19 of the Amending Scheme of 1960.

7. Increase of pensions of certain deceased officers' widows.

8. Increase of pensions of certain deceased officers' children.

9. Increase of pensions under Article 26A or 27A of the Principal Scheme.

10. Increase of pensions of certain members of the Chaplaincy Service.

11. Amendment of Article 20 (1) of the Amending Scheme of 1953.

12. Provisions regarding abatement of pensions of soldiers in certain cases.

13. Amendment of Article 15 of the Amending Scheme of 1978.

14. Amendment of Article 28A of the Principal Scheme.

S.I. No. 270 of 1985.

DEFENCE FORCES (PENSIONS) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) SCHEME, 1985.

I, PATRICK COONEY, Minister for Defence, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by sections 2 , 3 and 5 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) Act, 1932 (No. 26 of 1932), and by section 4 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Act, 1938 (No. 33 of 1938), as adapted by the Public Service (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1973 ( S.I. No. 294 of 1973 ), hereby, with the consent of the Minister for the Public Service, make the following Scheme:

1 Short title, collective citation and construction.

1. (1) This Scheme may be cited as the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No. 3) Scheme, 1985

(2) The collective citation, "the Defence Forces (Pensions) Schemes, 1937 to 1985", shall include this Scheme.

(3) The Defence Forces (Pensions) Schemes, 1937 to 1985, shall be construed together as one Scheme.

2 Commencement.

2. This Scheme shall come into force on the day after the date on which it is made.

3 Application of the Interpretation Act, 1937 .

3. The Interpretation Act, 1937 (No. 38 of 1937), applies to this Scheme.

4 Definitions.

4. In this Scheme:—

"the Principal Scheme" means the Defence Forces (Pensions) Scheme, 1937 (S.R. & O., No. 249 of 1937);

"the Amending Scheme of 1947" means the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Scheme, 1947 (S.R. & O., No. 81 of 1947);

"the Amending Scheme of 1978" means the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Scheme, 1978 ( S.I. No. 246 of 1978 );

"the No. 2 Amending Scheme of 1983" means the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Scheme, 1983 ( S.I. No. 190 of 1983 );

"the No. 8 Amending Scheme of 1984" means the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No. 8) Scheme, 1984 ( S.I. No. 259 of 1984 ).

5 Increase of retired pay of officers retired before 2nd day of January, 1985.

5. The retired pay payable under Article 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9A, 10 or 10A of the Principal Scheme (including retired pay increased under Article 13 (1) (a) of the Principal Scheme) to an officer shall, with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, be—

( a ) in the case of an officer who retired or was retired before the 2nd day of February, 1984, the amount which would be payable to him if the date of his retirement had been the 2nd day of July, 1984 and his appointment, rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual retirement, increased by 3 per cent;

( b ) in the case of an officer who retired or was retired on or after the 2nd day of February, 1984 and before the 2nd day of December, 1984, the actual retired pay payable to him at the date of his retirement, increased by 3 per cent;

( c ) in the case of an officer who retired or was retired on or after the 2nd day of December, 1984 and before the 2nd day of January, 1985, the amount which would be payable to him if the date of his retirement had been the 2nd day of January, 1985 and his appointment, rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual retirement.

6 Increase of retired pay under Article 19 of the Amending Scheme of 1960.

6. The retired pay payable under Article 19 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Scheme, 1960 ( S.I. No. 135 of 1960 ), to an officer shall, with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, be the amount which would be payable to him if the date of his retirement had been the 2nd day of July, 1984 and his rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual retirement, increased by 3 per cent.

7 Increase of pensions of certain deceased officers' widows.

7. (1) Article 20 (1) of the Principal Scheme shall have effect as if for the Table thereto (inserted by Article 7 of the No. 8 Amending Scheme of 1984) there were substituted the following Table:

TABLE

"

Rank

Amount of Pension

Second Lieutenant or Lieutenant

£1,392.72 a year or 25 per cent of the deceased officer's retired pay, whichever is greater.

Captain

£1,707.12 a year or 30 per cent of the deceased officer's retired pay, whichever is greater.

Commandant

£2,012.88 a year or 31.5 per cent of the deceased officer's retired pay, whichever is greater.

Major or Lieutenant-Colonel

£2,283.24 a year or 28 per cent of the deceased officer's retired pay, whichever is greater.

Colonel

£2,727.24 a year or 27.5 per cent of the deceased officer's retired pay, whichever is greater.

Major-General or higher rank

£3,029.88 a year or 25.5 per cent of the deceased officer's retired pay, whichever is greater.

"

(2) For the purpose of Article 20 (1) of the Principal Scheme, as amended by this Article, a deceased officer's retired pay means—

( a ) in the case of an officer who died while in receipt of retired pay,

(i) where he retired or was retired before the 2nd day of February, 1984 and died before the 1st day of January, 1985, the retired pay which would be payable to him if the date of his retirement had been the 2nd day of July, 1984 and his appointment, rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual retirement, increased by 3 per cent;

(ii) where he retired or was retired on or after the 2nd day of February, 1984 and before the 2nd day of December, 1984 and died before the 1st day of January, 1985, the actual retired pay payable to him at date of death, increased by 3 per cent;

(iii) where he retired or was retired on or after the 2nd day of December, 1984 and died before the 1st day of January, 1985, the retired pay which would be payable to him if the date of his retirement had been the 2nd day of January, 1985 and his appointment, rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual retirement;

(iv) in any other case the actual retired pay payable to him at the date of death,

( b ) in the case of an officer who died before qualifying for retired pay, his accrued retired pay which will be calculated by crediting him with the amount of pensionable service, including service in his rank, which he would have had if he had served to the retiring age prescribed for his rank, or the age of 65 in the case of a person of higher rank than Major-General, and which will be—

(i) in the case of an officer who died before the 1st day of February, 1984, the appropriate rate of retired pay, in force on the 1st day of July, 1984, for an officer of his rank and service, increased by 3 per cent;

(ii) in the case of an officer who died on or after the 1st day of February, 1984 and before the 1st day of December, 1984 the appropriate rate of retired pay, in force on the date of his death, for an officer of his rank and service, increased by 3 per cent;

(iii) in the case of an officer who died on or after the 1st day of December, 1984 and before the 1st day of January, 1985, the appropriate rate of retired pay, in force on the 1st day of January, 1985, for an officer of his rank and service;

(iv) in any other case, the appropriate rate of retired pay, in force on the date of his death, for an officer of his rank and service.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in Article 20 (1) of the Principal Scheme, where an officer—

( a ) died while serving prior to the 23rd day of July, 1968, with five years' pensionable service or more, or

( b ) retired prior to the 23rd day of July, 1968 and dies while in receipt of retired pay,

there may be paid to the widow of such deceased officer—

(i) the appropriate amount in the Table to the said Article 20 (1) (inserted by this Article), or

(ii) an amount equal to five-sixths of the pension which would be payable to her if her deceased husband had been a member of the No. 2 Amending Scheme of 1983 and the date of his death or retirement had been the 2nd day of July, 1984, increased by 3 per cent, whichever is the greater.

(4) This Article shall be deemed to have come into operation on the 1st day of January, 1985.

8 Increase of pensions of certain decreased officers' children.

8. (1) Every pension payable under Article 20 (2) of the Principal Scheme to a child of a deceased officer shall be increased as follows:

( a ) while the child's mother is living — to £467.76 a year,

( b ) after the death of the child's mother — to £686.88 a year.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in Article 20 (2) of the Principal Scheme, where an officer—

( a ) died while serving prior to the 23rd day of July, 1968, with five years' pensionable service or more, or

( b ) retired prior to the 23rd day of July, 1968 and dies while in receipt of retired pay,

there may be paid to the child of such deceased officer—

(i) the appropriate amount under sub-article (1) of this Article, or

(ii) an amount equal to five-sixths of the pension which would be payable to the child if the deceased officer had been a member of the No. 2 Amending Scheme of 1983 and the date of his death or retirement had been the 2nd day of July, 1984, increased by 3 per cent,

whichever is the greater.

(3) This Article shall be deemed to have come into operation on the 1st day of January, 1985.

9 Increase of pensions under Article 26A or 27A of the Principal Scheme.

9. The pension payable under Article 26A of the Principal Scheme (inserted by Article 22 of the Amending Scheme of 1947) or Article 27A of the Principal Scheme (inserted by Article 24 of the said amending Scheme of 1947), including pensions increased under Article 28B of the Principal Scheme (inserted by Article 5 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No. 4) Scheme, 1984 ( S.I. No. 114 of 1984 ) ), to a soldier shall, with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, be—

( a ) in the case of a soldier discharged before the 1st day of February, 1984, the amount which would be payable to him if the date of his discharge had been the 1st day of July, 1984 and his rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual discharge, increased by 2.98 per cent;

( b ) in the case of a soldier discharged on or after the 1st day of February, 1984 and before the 1st day of December, 1984, the actual amount payable to him at the date of his discharge, increased by 2.98 per cent;

( c ) in the case of a soldier discharged on or after the 1st day of December, 1984 and before the 1st day of January, 1985, the amount which would be payable to him if the date of his discharge had been the 1st day of January, 1985 and his rank, service in that rank and total service were the same as those on the date of his actual discharge.

10 Increase of pensions of certain members of the Chaplaincy Service.

10. The pension payable under Part IVA of the Principal Scheme (inserted by Article 12 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Scheme, 1949 ( S.I. No. 209 of 1949 )), to a member of the Chaplaincy Service shall, with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, be—

( a ) in the case of a member whose services were terminated with effect from a date prior to the 2nd day of December, 1984, the amount which would be payable to him if the effective date of the termination of his services had been the 2nd day of January, 1985 and his grade of appointment, service in that grade and total service were the same as those on the actual effective date of the termination of his services and such amount shall be calculated by reference to the rate of annual pay appropriate to a member of his grade of appointment with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, exclusive of any increase in annual pay appropriate to that grade of appointment granted with effect from the 1st day of December, 1984;

( b ) in the case of a member whose services were terminated with effect from a date on or after the 2nd day of December, 1984 and before the 2nd day of January, 1985, the amount which would be payable to him if the effective day of the termination of his services had been the 2nd day of January, 1985 and his grade of appointment, service in that grade and total service were the same as those on the actual effective date of the termination of his services.

11 Amendment of Article 20 (1) of the Amending Scheme of 1953.

11. Article 20 (1) of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Scheme, 1953 ( S.I. No. 259 of 1953 ), shall with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, have effect as if for the Table thereto (inserted by Article 12 of the No. 8 Amending Scheme of 1984) there were substituted the following Table.

"TABLE

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Article 38 of the Principal Scheme, no reduction of service pension shall be made under that Article so as to reduce the total of the service pension and the disablement pension to less than the greater of the following amounts:—

( a ) the sum of £3,252 a year,

( b ) the sum of the greater of such pensions and one half the lesser".

12 Provision regarding abatement of pensions of soldiers in certain cases.

12. The reference in Article 38 (1) (b) of the Principal Scheme to a pension under Part III of that Scheme shall, in relation to a soldier discharged before the date of the coming into operation of Article 15 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) Scheme, 1956 ( S.I. No. 35 of 1956 ), be deemed to exclude £15.60 a week with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985.

13 Amendment of Article 15 of the Amending Scheme of 1978.

13. (1) Article 15 (2) of the Amending Scheme of 1978 (as amended by Article 14 of the No. 8 Amending Scheme of 1984), is hereby further amended, with effect from the 1st day of January, 1985, by the substitution of "£3,252" for "£3,156" and the said Article 15 (2) as so amended is set out in the Table to this Article.

"TABLE

15. (2) Where the widow of an officer—

( a ) is granted a service pension and,

( b ) is also in receipt of an allowance, there may be paid to such widow—

(i) the sum of the greater benefit plus one half of the lesser benefit, or, if greater

(ii) £3,252 a year;

provided that the total amount payable does not exceed one third of the officer's pensionable pay."

(2) For the purposes of Article 15 (2) of the Amending Scheme of 1978, as amended by this Article, "pensionable pay"—

( a ) shall include any additional pay in respect of professional or technical qualifications which is reckonable for gratuity under Article 5 of the Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No. 3) Scheme, 1972 ( S.I. No. 306 of 1972 ),

( b ) in the case of an officer, who died in service before the 1st day of February, 1984, or who retired or was retired before the 2nd day of February, 1984, shall be taken as the pay which would be payable to him if he had been serving on the 1st day of July, 1984, increased by 3 per cent, and

( c ) in the case of an officer, who died in service on or after the 1st day of February, 1984 and before the 1st day of December, 1984, or who retired or was retired on or after the 2nd day of February, 1984 and before the 2nd day of December, 1984 shall be taken as the actual pay payable to him at date of death or retirement, as the case may be, increased by 3 per cent, and

( d ) in the case of an officer, who died in service on or after the 1st day of December, 1984 and before the 1st day of January, 1985, or who retired or was retired on or after the 2nd day of December, 1984 and before the 2nd day of January, 1985, shall be taken as the pay which would be payable to him if he had been serving on the 1st day of January, 1985, and

( e ) in any other cases, shall be the actual pay payable at the date of death or retirement, as the case may be.

14 Amendment of Article 28A of the Principal Scheme.

14. (1) Article 28A (2) of the Principal Scheme (inserted by Article 26 of the Amending Scheme of 1947) is hereby amended in the following respects—

( a ) by the revocation of paragraph (a) and

( b ) by the insertion in paragraph (g) of the words "other than on compassionate grounds" after the words "at his own request".

(2) This Article shall be deemed to have come into operation on the 1st day of August, 1981.

GIVEN under my Official seal, this 16th day of August, 1985.

PATRICK COONEY.

The Minister for the Public Service hereby consents to the foregoing Scheme.

GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for the Public

Service, this 16th day of August, 1985.

JOHN BOLAND.

EXPLANATORY NOTE.

This Statutory Instrument provides for the increases effective from 1st January, 1985 in the pensions of Army personnel (including members of the Chaplaincy Service) payable under the Defence Forces (Pensions) Schemes, 1937 to 1985. It also amends, in other respects, the Defence Forces (Pensions) Schemes, 1937 to 1985.