National Insurance Act 1969

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1969 c. 44


National Insurance Act 1969

1969 CHAPTER 44

An Act to amend the provisions of the National Insurance Act 1965, the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965 and the Industrial Injuries and Diseases (Old Cases) Act 1967 as to the rate or amount of contributions and benefit; to make further provision as to death grant under the National Insurance Act 1965, as to the assessment of disablement under the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965 and, for purposes of those and certain other Acts, as to the introduction of a decimal currency; to make temporary provision consequential on or related to the matters aforesaid; and for other purposes connected therewith.

[25th July 1969]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Contributions and benefits under National Insurance Act 1965

Contributions and benefits under National Insurance Act 1965

S-1 Increased contributions under National Insurance Act1965.

1 Increased contributions under National Insurance Act1965.

(1) In the National Insurance Act 1965 for the provisions of Schedule 1 there shall be substituted the provisions set out in Schedule 1 to this Act (in place of the provisions previously substituted by section 1 of the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968 ); and there shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament any resulting increase in the sums so payable by way of Exchequer supplement under section 7 of the National Insurance Act 1965.

(2) In section 4(1) of the National Insurance Act 1965 for the paragraphs (c ) and (d ) substituted for paragraph (c ) by section 1 of the National Insurance Act 1966 there shall be substituted the following paragraph (c ):—

‘(c ) the amount of the graduated contribution payable by each of them shall be the aggregate of—

(i)where the employment is not at the time of the payment a non-participating employment, 4
3
4
per cent. of any amount, up to 9, by which that payment exceeds 9 (or of the equivalent amount for remuneration not paid weekly); or
(ii)where the employment is at the time of the payment a non-participating employment,
1
2
per cent. of that amount;

and, whether the employment is or is not a non-participating employment, 3

1
4
per cent. of any amount, up to 12, by which the payment exceeds 18 (or of the equivalent amount for remuneration not paid weekly)’

Accordingly in section 58 of the National Insurance Act 1965, as amended by paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to the National Insurance Act 1966, for the words ‘under section 4(1)(d ) of this Act’ there shall be substituted the words ‘as a non-participating employment’.

(3) No increase in contributions shall be made under section 5 of the National Insurance Act 1965 in the year 1970; and accordingly—

(a ) in section 5(1) there shall be omitted the word ‘three’, where first occurring, and the words ‘1970’; and

(b ) in section 5(2) for the words ‘any of the three years’ there shall be substituted the words ‘either of the two years’.

(4) The contributions to be paid under the National Insurance Act 1965 out of moneys provided by Parliament shall include, in addition to the Exchequer supplements,—

(a ) in respect of the financial year 1969-70, the sum of 10 million;

(b ) in respect of each subsequent financial year, the sum of 45 million;

and those contributions shall be paid in such manner and at such times as the Treasury may determine.

S-2 Increased benefit under National Insurance Act 1965.

2 Increased benefit under National Insurance Act 1965.

(1) The rates of benefit provided by Schedule 3 to the National Insurance Act 1965 , as amended by the Family Allowances and National Insurance Act 1968, shall be modified as follows:—

(a ) except in the cases dealt with by paragraphs (b ) to (d )below, the rates specified in column 2 (weekly rate without increases) shall each be increased by 10 s. , the rates specified in columns 3, 4 and 5 (increases for children) shall each be increased by 3 s. , and the rates specified in column 6 (increases for adult dependants) shall each be increased by 6 s. ;

(b ) the rate (in column 2) of widow's allowance shall be increased by 13 s. , the rates in columns 3, 4 and 5 of increases for children in the case of widow's allowance, widowed mother's allowance and child's special allowance shall each be increased by 3 s. 6 d. , and the rates in column 2 of guardian's allowance and child's special allowance shall each be increased by 3 s. 6 d. ;

(c ) in the case of unemployment benefit and sickness benefit, the rates in column 2 of 3 2 s. and 2 10 s. (being the rates for certain married women or persons under 18) shall be increased respectively by 8 s. and 5 s. ;

(d ) in the case of retirement pensions the rate in column 2 of 2 16 s. (being the rate applicable where the pension is payable to a woman by virtue of her husband's insurance and he is alive) shall be increased by 6 s. ;

and accordingly for the provisions of that Schedule there shall be substituted the provisions set out in Schedule 2 to this Act (in place of the provisions previously substituted by section 1 of the Family Allowances and National Insurance Act 1968).

(2) The amount of maternity grant provided for by Schedule 4 to the National Insurance Act 1965, as amended by the National Insurance Act 1967 , shall be increased by 3; and accordingly for the provisions of that Schedule there shall be substituted the provisions set out in Schedule 3 to this Act (in place of the provisions previously substituted by section 1 of the National Insurance Act 1967).

S-3 Earnings rule for retirement pensions.

3 Earnings rule for retirement pensions.

(1) The weekly amount of earnings above which, under section 30(7) of the National Insurance Act 1965, earnings affect the rate of retirement pension, and the weekly amount above which they result in an increased reduction in the rate of pension, shall each be increased by one pound above the amounts provided for by the National Insurance (Earnings) Regulations 1967; and accordingly in section 30(7) there shall be made the following amendments, in place of those made by the regulations, that is to say,—

(a ) for the words ‘five pounds’ there shall be substituted the words ‘seven pounds ten shillings’; and

(b ) subject to subsection (2) below, for the words ‘six pounds’ there shall be substituted the words ‘nine pounds ten shillings’.

(2) As from the 14th February 1971 (being the day before the appointed day under section 1 of the Decimal Currency Act 1967 ), section 30(7) of the National Insurance Act 1965 shall have effect as if for the words ‘by sixpence for each complete shilling of the excess and a further sixpence for each complete shilling by which the earnings exceed six pounds’ there had been substituted the words ‘by a shilling for each complete two shillings of the excess or, if the excess is more than two pounds, then by one pound in respect of the first two pounds of the excess and by a shilling for each further complete shilling of the excess;’ and section 44 of the National Insurance Act 1965 (which confers power to vary section 30(7) by regulations) shall have effect as if in paragraph (a )(ii) for the words ‘for each shilling of the excess’ there had been substituted the words ‘in respect of the excess’.

S-4 Death grant.

4 Death grant.

(1) The deaths in respect of which a death grant is payable in accordance with section 39(1) of the National Insurance Act 1965 shall, subject to the other provisions of that Act applying to death grants, include the death after the coming into force of this section of a person who at death—

(a ) is over the age of nineteen but is, and ever since he became nineteen has been, by reason of illness or disability of mind or body incapacitated for regular employment; and

(b ) is residing, or would, if not living in a school, hospital or recognised home, have been residing, with a relative mentioned in subsection (2) below, that relative being a person satisfying the contribution conditions referred to in section 39(1) or the wife or widow of such a person.

(2) The deceased's relative referred to in subsection (1)(b )above must be a person of whom the deceased was the child or remoter issue, or who was the deceased's child or remoter issue, or the deceased's step-father, step-mother or step-child, or the deceased's brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, step-brother or step-sister; but a person shall be treated as such a relative if he was such a relative by adoption or would have been such a relative if some person born illegitimate had been born legitimate.

(3) For purposes of this section ‘recognised home’ means an establishment which is for those purposes accepted by the Secretary of State as providing residential accommodation for disabled persons.

Industrial injuries and diseases

Industrial injuries and diseases

S-5 Increased contributions under National Insurance\(Industrial Injuries) Act 1965.

5 Increased contributions under National Insurance\(Industrial Injuries) Act 1965.

(1) In the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965 , for the Table set out in Part I of Schedule 2 (weekly rates of contribution payable by insured persons and employers) there shall be substituted the Table set out in Schedule 4 to this Act (in place of the Table previously substituted by section 2 of the National Insurance Act 1967 ).

(2) There shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament any increase resulting from this section in the contributions so payable under section 2(1)(b ) of the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965.

S-6 Increased benefit for industrial injuries and diseases.

6 Increased benefit for industrial injuries...

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