The Department of Social Security is close to finalising the
responsibilities of its new pension division.
The division will deal with all matters concerning pensions and
pensioners. It will include all aspects of policy development and delivery
of services, including stakeholder plans.
It is one of three divisions which will broadly cover pensions,
working-age people and children's services. The aim is also to increase the
DSS' ability to deliver services and assistance electronically.
The plans were announced by Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling in
Marchand the DSS says the division will be up and running later this year.
Industry sources believe the new division results from the scandals over
Serps and widows' pensions in the mid-Nineties.
Darling says the intention is to make the division more accountable to
A DSS spokesman says: “We want to focus on delivering services to people
rather than having our people sitt-ing in offices shuffling paper around.”
Scottish Equitable group public affairs manager Scott White says: “One of
the big problems that has happened over the last few years is the ongoing
war between the DSS and the Treasury. This may be in response to that.”