No payment of a pension may be made before the day on which the member reaches normal minimum pension age, unless the ill-health condition (see ¶392-000) was met immediately before the member became entitled to the pension.

The normal minimum pension age is 55 from 6 April 2010, previously 50 (FA 2004, s. 279(1)).

Transitional provisions apply where:

(1)on 6 April 2010, the member was aged over 50 but below 55;

(2)on or before that date, one of the following benefit crystallisation events occurred:

(a)BCE1 (see ¶384-150): the designation of funds for the payment of a drawdown pension (see ¶392-450);

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