Freedom and choice has helped fuel an 18% increase in complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman (PO) over the last year, according to its annual report and accounts.
The 2015/2016 report, published yesterday, states the service handled around 5,000 complaints, with 1,363 being taken on for investigation - a 6% increase on last year. Most new investigations related...
The Pension Regulator’s (TPR) strengthened powers under the Pension Schemes Bill could lead to a revival of its clearance process, according to advisers and lawyers.
The long-debated Pension Schemes Bill has received parliamentary approval, guaranteeing its place on the statute book.
Some £20.1bn of defined benefit (DB) pensions were advised to transfer between 2018 and 2020, while £10.2bn were recommended not to transfer, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) data reveals.
Pension trustees will have much more involvement in business discussions and corporates will need to think more about pensions when the watchdog’s increased powers come into force, LCP says.
Mediation has been under-utilised historically as a means of dispute resolution in this area. Mark Blyth and Geoff Egerton think this is going to change.