1 Citation and commencement

(1)    This Order may be cited as the Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2010.

(2)    This Order comes into force—

(a)    for the purposes of this article and article 2, on 31st March 2010; and

(b)    for the purposes of article 3, on 1st April 2010.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 March 2010: see para (2)(a) above.

2 The levy ceiling

2The levy ceiling

For the purposes of section 177 of the Pensions Act 2004 (amounts to be raised by the pension protection levies), the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2010 is £871,183,684.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 31 March 2010: see art 1(2)(a).

3 Revocation of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2009

3Revocation of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2009

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2009 is revoked.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2010: see art 1(2)(b).

Signature

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

Angela Eagle

Minister of State,

Department for Work and Pensions

7th March 2010

EXPLANATORY NOTE

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

This Order specifies, for the purposes of section 177 of the Pensions Act 2004 (c 35) (“the Act”), the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2010.

Section 175 of the Act provides that the Board of the Pension Protection Fund must impose pension protection levies for each financial year falling after the initial period (as defined by section 174 of the Act). Section 177 of the Act contains provisions on the amount which is to be raised by the pension protection levies. By virtue of section 177(2), the amount of the levies for a financial year must not exceed the levy ceiling for that financial year.

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2009 (SI 2009/794) (“the 2009/2010 Order”) specifies that the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2009 is £863,412,967. 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. The Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling—Earnings Percentage Increase) Order 2010 (SI 2010/1) specifies that the increase in the general level of earnings for the period of 12 months ending with 31st July 2009 is 0.9%. Accordingly, article 2 of this Order specifies that the levy ceiling for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2010 is £871,183,684.

Article 3 revokes the 2009/2010 Order.

This Order amends an existing regulatory regime by a pre-determined formula and has only a negligible impact on business, charities and the voluntary sector. An Impact Assessment is not necessary for such an Order.