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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2019

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ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES

CLAUSE

1. Short title

2. Interpretation

3. Amendment of section 6

4. Repeal of section 8

5. Commencement

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

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An Act to amend the Pensions (Amendment) Act, Cap. 311 to increase the pensionable

age of civil servants and for other connected matters.

ENACTED by the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda as follows:

1. Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pensions (Amendment) Act, 2019.

2. Interpretation

In this Act—

“principal Act” means the Pensions Act, Cap. 311;

3. Amendment of section 6

The principal Act is amended by repealing section 6 and replacing it with the following

new section 6—

“ 6. Circumstances in which pension may be granted

No pension, gratuity or other allowance shall be granted under this Act to an officer

unless that officer retires from the public service in any of the following cases—

(a) on attaining the age of sixty-five years, or on or after attaining the age of

sixty years if the officer opts to retire at that age, or on or after attaining the

age of fifty-five years, if the officer requests to retire at that age and the

Governor General, acting on the advice of Cabinet, grants his request;

(b) on the abolition of the office in which the officer serves;

(c) on compulsory retirement for the purpose of facilitating improvement in the

organization of the department to which he belongs, by which greater

efficiency or economy may be effected;

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(d) on furnishing medical evidence to the satisfaction of the Cabinet that the

employee is incapable, by reason of infirmity of mind or body, of

continuing in such employment;

(e) in the case of termination of the officer’s service in the public interest as

provided in this Act; or

(f) where the retirement age of the employee is in accordance with the

corresponding pensionable age and pensionable year as set out in the

Schedule to the Social Security (Benefits) (Age Pension and Grants)

(Amendment) Regulations, 2016.”

4. Repeal of section 8

The principal Act is amended by repealing section 8 in its entirety.

5. Commencement

This Act shall take effect from the 31st day of October 2019.

Passed the House of Representatives

this the day of 2019.

Passed the Senate

this day of

2019

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Speaker President

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Clerk to the House of Representatives Clerk to the Senate

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EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

This primary objective of this Bill is to increase the retirement age for civil servants. Just

like the Pensions (Non-Established Government Employees) Act, It has also become

necessary to amend the Pensions Act so as to increase the retirement age in order to allow

civil servants to retire with full benefits in accordance with the pensionable ages as

outlined in the Schedule of the Social Security (Benefits) (Age Pensions and Grants)

(Amendment) Regulations, 2016.

Under clause 3, the main amendment of the principal Act is to section 6. Under that

section, the existing provisions which stipulate whether a person is eligible to be paid a

pension, gratuity or other allowance, have been repealed and replaced with new

provisions. Under these new provisions, the age of retirement has been increased thus

enabling civil servants to retire with their full benefits as outlined in the Schedule of the

Social Security (Benefits) (Age Pensions and Grants) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016.

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Hon. Samantha Marshall

Minister responsible for the Public

Service.