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DSS making final plans for new pension division

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&#39s services. The aim is also to increase the

DSS&#39 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&#39 pensions in the mid-Nineties.

Darling says the intention is to make the division more accountable to

pensioners.

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.”

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