Clause 89 - Amendments relating to non-scheme benefits

Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 1:00 pm ar 27 Ionawr 2022.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Llafur, Ealing, Southall

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government new clause 13—Amendments relating to pension schemes for members of the Senedd.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

New clause 13 relates to pension schemes for Members of the Senedd. It removes the requirement for Treasury consent to be obtained before a new scheme can be provided or an existing scheme can be modified. It also removes the requirements of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 concerning scheme valuations and an employer cost cap from the Senedd scheme. The change is made to reflect the fact that pensions for Members of the Senedd is now a devolved matter for Wales.

The purpose of clause 89 is to clarify existing legislation with regards to eligibility rules of non-scheme benefits. It is an important policy objective that a responsible authority may not pay non-scheme benefits to persons who fall outside the description of eligible persons without prior Treasury consent.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 89 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.