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Pension ombudsman determination

As you may have seen, the Pension Ombudsman has now published his Final Determination in the case of Mr William Milne, a Scottish firefighter who served with the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Authority until he retired in 2005. Mr Milne claimed that the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) had a statutory duty to review the tables of commutation factors and that such a review would have led to him receiving a larger retirement lump sum.

The Final Determination finds GAD guilty of maladministration and finds that an opportunity to review the commutation factors was lost in 2001/2 and then again between 2002 and 2004. A copy of the Final Determination can be found here (external link).

The Government accepts the Pensions Ombudsman’s Determination in full and will ensure that the directions made in relation to Mr Milne are taken forward in due course.

The Government also recognises that there may be other individuals who are potentially affected by the principles set out in this Determination. Specifically, members in the Fire Fighter Pension Scheme 1992 who retired between 1 December 2001 and 21 August 2006.

There will be a delay in WYPF contacting affected members as we need GAD to issue the revised tables of commutation factors before we can look at recalculating any pension benefits. The process will start as soon as we have all the necessary information.

Here is a link (pdf) to some frequently asked questions about this determination.