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Ombudsman report delayed again

The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report into whether Government “maladministration” harmed members of occupational pension schemes in wind-up has been delayed again, possibly until next March.
The report was expected in the Summer but was then delayed until the Autumn as the Government had requested to see new evidence.
Ombudsman Ann Abraham has sent a letter to MPs and complainants saying the report will now be published by March 2006 at the latest.
LibDem shadow work and pensions secretary David Laws says: It is critically important for the Government as serious and searching questions are asked about the information provided by Government departments, the decisions taken on the minimum funding requirement and possible maladministration by the National Insurance Contributions Office.

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