1 Citation, commencement and interpretation

(1)    This Order may be cited as the Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2013.

(2)    It comes into force—

(a)    for the purposes of this article and article 2, on 14th March 2013,

(b)    for the purposes of article 3, on 31st March 2013, and

(c)    for the purposes of articles 4 and 5, on 1st April 2013.

(3)    In this Order, “the Act” means the Pensions Act 2004.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 March 2013: see para (2)(a) above.

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2 The earnings percentage

2The earnings percentage

For the purposes of section 178(3)(a) of the Act (the levy ceiling), the percentage by which it appears to the Secretary of State that the general level of earnings has increased during the review period is 1.6%.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 14 March 2013: see art 1(2)(a).

3 The levy ceiling

3The levy ceiling

For the purposes of section 177 of the Act (amounts to be raised by the pension protection levies), the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2013 is £933,556,533.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 March 2013: see art 1(2)(b).

4 The compensation cap

4The compensation cap

The amount specified for the purposes of paragraph (a) of the definition of “the compensation cap” in paragraph 26(7) of Schedule 7 to the Act (pension compensation provisions—compensation cap) is £34,867.04.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2013: see art 1(2)(c).

5 Revocation of the Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2012

5Revocation of the Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2012

The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2012 is revoked.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2013: see art 1(2)(c).

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Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Steve Webb

Minister of State,

Department for Work and Pensions

21st January 2013

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order specifies the levy ceiling (articles 2 and 3) and the amount of the compensation cap (article 4) for use in relation to the Pension Protection Fund in the financial year beginning on 1st April 2013.

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund (“the Board”) is established by section 107 of the Pensions Act 2004 (c 35) (“the Act”) to provide compensation for members of certain occupational pension schemes which are under-funded at a certain level and whose sponsoring employer has become insolvent.

Section 175 of the Act requires that the Board must impose pension protection levies for each financial year. Section 177(2) provides that the amount of the levies for a financial year must not exceed the levy ceiling for that financial year. The Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2012 (SI 2012/528) (“the 2012 Order”) specified that the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2012 is £918,854,855. Section 178(3)(a) of the Act provides that the levy ceiling must increase in line with any increase in the general level of earnings obtaining in Great Britain.

Article 2 of this Order specifies that the increase in the general level of earnings for the period from 1st August 2011 to 31st July 2012 is 1.6%. Accordingly, article 3 of this Order specifies that the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2013 is £933,556,533.

The compensation cap is used by the Board to determine the amount of compensation payable to a person who is under normal pension age on the assessment date (as described in paragraphs 2 and 34 of Schedule 7 to the Act) and whose compensation is not derived from a survivor's pension or a pension payable on the grounds of ill health. Paragraph 26 of Schedule 7 to the Act can restrict the amount of compensation payable. When it does so, the Board uses the compensation cap to determine the amount of compensation payable.

Article 4 of this Order increases the amount of the compensation cap from 1st April 2013 to reflect a higher general level of earnings.

Article 5 revokes the 2012 Order.

This Order amends an existing regulatory regime by a pre-determined formula and the associated administrative costs or savings for the private sector and civil society organisations are negligible. A full Impact Assessment is not necessary for such an Order.

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