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Name: Social Security Act 1986 (Chapter 50)
Country: United Kingdom
Subject(s): Social security (general standards)
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1986-07-25
Entry into force:
Published on: Printed separately, 170 p.
ISN: GBR-1986-L-2623
Bibliography: Printed separately, 170 p.
Abstract/Citation: Makes provision in relation to personal pension schemes and amends the law relating to social security in various respects. It abolishes maternity pay under the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978 (LS 1984 - UK 1A (Consolidation)) and provides for the winding-up of the Maternity Pay Fund. Sections 46 to 50 and Schedule 4 contain provisions relating to a new scheme for statutory maternity pay. The Act also amends the Social Security Pensions Act 1975 in relation to the contracting-out of schemes which provide money-purchase benefits. Under the new Act, entitlements to the state earnings-related pensions scheme will be reduced, as will pensions payable under it to widows and widowers, as from April 2000. Employees are also to be allowed, as from 1988, to opt out of that scheme or their employer's pension scheme and take out a personal pension instead. Sections 23, 43 and 44 relate to income support and unemployment benefits in relation to trade disputes. Section 39 and Schedule 3 address benefits in relation to industrial injuries and diseases. The Act includes a number of miscellaneous provisions and repeals all or part of 42 Acts, including sections 92(3) and (4), 99(1) and Schedule 23 of the Social Security Act 1973 (LS 1973 - UK 2) and section 40(2) and (4) of the Employment Protection Act 1975 (LS 1975 - UK 2).
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