The Government could be found guilty of misselling company pensions tomorrow when the Court of Appeal announces its verdict.
The 125,000 workers who lost their occupational pensions when their company schemes were wound up will find out whether the Court of Appeal confirms their Judicial Review victory against the Government.
Alternatively, the Court of Appeal may agree with the Secretary of State’s claims that the High Court judge and the Parliamentary Ombudsman were irrational to suggest that the Government is guilty of effectively misselling company pensions to members.
The Government announced in December that it would be extending the Financial Assistance Scheme to the pensions victims but campaigner Ros Altmann says the Department for Work and Pensions has still not offered any apology for the distress it has caused the workers.
Altmann says: “It has been obvious, to everyone who looks at the history of this case, that members were indeed lulled into a false sense of security, but the DWP has tried to get away with pretending it is innocent of all wrongdoing in this case.
“This culture of denial is very worrying and I hope that the Court of Appeal will finally give a judgement that will force the Government to accept its responsibility for the situation, instead of trying to claim that everyone who disagrees with the Secretary of State’s opinion on the matter is ‘irrational’. If the Court of Appeal finds in favour of the Government, there will be real concerns for future protections of innocent citizens in this country, so the verdict will have important ramifications even beyond this case.”