Prior to 1 April 2008, there were no tiers to the ill health pension awarded by the Scheme. If a Scheme member had at least five years membership when they retired due to ill health, their membership was enhanced to improve the benefits that they received. The amount of extra membership received was dependant on how long the member had been in the Scheme and their age at retirement. This is sometimes referred to as old regulations or old style ill health.
If the member had between five and 10 years' membership, their membership was doubled, subject to the maximum that the member could have obtained had they remained active in the Scheme until age 65.
If the member had more than 10 years membership, either:
- Membership was increased to 20 years, subject to the maximum that the member could have obtained had they stayed in the Scheme until age 65; or
- Membership was increased by 6 and 2/3 years, subject to the maximum that the member could have obtained had they stayed in the scheme until age 60
Whichever of the above two options provided the member with the bigger pension would be chosen. The total length of membership could not be increased to more than 40 years. Additionally, if the member worked part time their enhanced membership would be reduced accordingly to take account of this.