How to complain about a pension
Contact your pension provider first if you need to complain. Most people get things resolved this way. As every person’s pension is different, your pension provider will usually be best placed to give you the right answer as quickly as possible.
Making a complaint
You should first ask your pension provider for details of their complaints process. This will be different depending on your provider and pension type. Follow your provider’s process before taking further action.
It’s best to make your complaint in writing and to get a written response. This helps if you need to take your complaint further.
If you need to take things further
If you’ve already followed your pension provider’s complaints process, there are different ways to take things further.
Complaining about how your pension has been run
You have the right to refer your complaint to The Pensions Ombudsman free of charge. The Pensions Ombudsman deals with complaints and disputes which concern the administration and/or management of occupational and personal pension schemes.
Contact with The Pensions Ombudsman about a complaint needs to be made within three years of when the event(s) you are complaining about happened – or, if later, within three years of when you first knew about it (or ought to have known about it). There is discretion for those time limits to be extended.
The Pensions Ombudsman can be contacted at:
You can also submit a complaint form online
If you have general requests for information or guidance concerning your pension arrangements contact:
The Pensions Advisory Service
11 Belgrave Road
London, SW1V 1RB
Tel: 0800 011 3797