The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. Content in this section of the GOV.UK site includes press releases and recent consultation documents. Among many other publications are the two extensive sets of guidance documents provided for DWP staff who make decisions about pensions, benefits and allowances – the Decision Makers’ Guide and Advice for Decision Making.
The First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation) hears appeals from ex-servicemen or women in England and Wales relating to the two schemes that provide compensation for injuries in the Armed Forces – the War Pensions Scheme and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Formerly known as the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, it has formed the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal since 3 November 2008. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the appeal process, with links to legislation and procedural rules.
The Pensions Appeal Tribunal Scotland hears appeals from ex-servicemen and women in Scotland who have had their claims for a war pension rejected by the Secretary of State for Defence. It deals with both the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and the War Pension Scheme. Besides legislation and information on the appeal process, the site has a set of Medical Appendices which provide basic information on a range of medical conditions.
Pension and compensation schemes for the UK armed forces and veterans communities are provided by Veterans UK, a part of the Ministry of Defence. This section of the GOV.UK web site has information, guidance and other material relating to various schemes including the Armed Forces Pension Schemes 1975, 2005 and 2015; the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme; and the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme.
The Pensions Ombudsman (TPO) investigates complaints about the administration of occupational and personal pensions, including complaints about the actions and decisions of the Pension Protection Fund and about some decisions made by the Financial Assistance Scheme. The site has information, guidance, forms, annual reports and other publications. Determinations are available from 1995 onwards.
The Pensions Regulator, created under the Pensions Act 2004, replaced the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) on 6 April 2005 as the regulatory body for work-based pension schemes in the UK. Its site includes information, guidance, policy documents and codes of practice. Determinations are to be found within the section “How we regulate and enforce”.
Sackers is a specialist pensions law firm in the City of London. The Knowledge section of its site provides news and information by various means including alerts, briefings and case summaries.