Fixed penalty notices also increase in Q1.
The number of annuity complaints received by the Financial Ombudsman Service has climbed by 29 per cent in the past year, as more consumers complain they were not made aware of the option of shopping around. The FOS’s annual review, published today, shows there were 776 complaints about annuities in the year to 31 March […]
Prudential was wrong to block a transfer to a pension scheme it suspected of being a vehicle for a pension liberation scam, the Pensions Ombudsman says. It upheld a complaint from Mr Mark Harrison who said Prudential had refused to act on his request to transfer from a Prudential scheme to the Cheshire Food Services […]
Pensioners who want to swap their annuities for cash or drawdown under the Coalition’s plan could find a Labour government blocking their plans, Money Marketing understands. Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market as part of his March Budget, and claimed the reform would allow around five million people to […]
By Steve Webb, director of policy In my recent discussions with advisers, a hot topic has been the growing number of people interested in transferring their defined benefit pension rights into a defined contribution pension scheme. With many pension schemes offering eye-watering transfer values, this is likely to be an area of increasing interest. Yet […]
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