British Steel Pension Transfer Claims

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British Steel pension scandal explained

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ADVISERS TARGETED BRITISH STEEL PENSION HOLDERS

If you’re one of the 7000 members of the British Steel Pension Scheme that requested pension transfer values since April 2018 in order to transfer away from the BSPS, you may want to check the advice you received hasn’t left you in a worse position.

Reports show that pension transfer valuations exceeding a total of £200m were requested on behalf of British Steel Pension members leading up to September 2018 –  a huge amount!

But what may be more concerning is that related reports say that around 4,300 of these transfer requests contain a worrying lack of data, including missing employment start dates, incorrect estimates and little to no information on the individuals themselves…

As many as 1 in 3 may have received the wrong advice to transfer away, and may be able to make a claim for a mis-sold pension transfer.

HAVE PEOPLE BEEN SCAMMED?

In order to transfer from a Defined Benefit Pension Scheme (such as the BSPS), a regulated financial adviser is required to provide advice to the individual if he value is over £35k. But if those advisers aren’t doing their job properly, or working off minimal information, how can they possibly give advice that is in the individuals best interest?

Did you know that financial advisers can charge huge fees for transferring British Steel pensions? Did you know they can earn huge commissions from the receiving pension schemes and investment companies?

What if your pension transfer wasn’t in your best interests, it was in your advisers?

What if you’ve left the pan, and now you’re in the fire?

Timeline of events: British Steel Pension Crisis

Nov 2017 - Seminars

The FCA, aware that advisers are circling BSPS members like sharks, holds seminars around British Steel sites, and urges good advisers to blow the whistle on bad transfer advice.

Nov 2017 - Active Wealth (UK) Ltd

Another big development in November was the Active Wealth (UK) Ltd being asked by the FCA to stop DB pension advice, over apparent concerns about how the firm gave British Steel pension members advice.

Nov 2017 - MPs quiz advisers

By the end of November, the FCA was fully mobilised, and MPs from the Work and Pensions Select Committee asked advisers who had dealings during the developing crisis to submit evidence.

Dec 2017 - PPF Warnings

The Pension Protection Fund – the ‘lifeboat’ fund for pension schemes like BSPS warned financial advisers not to use “fear tactics” to persuade people to transfer when it wasn’t suitable for them.

Dec 2017 - 2 more firms stop DB transfers

Two more financial advisers agreed to stop giving advice to Defined Benefit pension holders in the wake of the growing scandal: Mansion Park and Pembrokeshire Mortgage Centre (although the latter firm seems to have regained it’s permissions according to the FCA register).

Jan 2018 - 1in3 may have been mis-sold

The city watchdog – the FCA – releases data that indicates that as many as 1in3 transfers away from the British Steel Pension Scheme may have been negligent. 33% were declared unsuitable, with a further 16% unclear.

Did you know, we’ve made successful claims over Defined Benefit pension transfer before?

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What makes a pension transfer mis-sold?

Moving a final salary or other defined benefit pension is rarely advisable, except in certain situations.
While moving your pension may earn your adviser big fees and commissions, you may lose more than you hoped:

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    INCOME IN RETIREMENT

    Final Salary & other defined benefits pensions practically guarantee you an income in retirement. Does your new pension do that? Doubtful…

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    INFLATION

    Defined Benefits pensions tend to keep pace with inflation, meaning no matter what happens to the economy, you’re retirement income is better protected.

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    DEATH BENEFITS

    These types of pensions usually end up with your partner or children if you die early. Many personal pensions give no-such benefits.

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