If you have a complaint relating to information received, the calculation and payment of benefits, or any decision that has been made by the North East Scotland Pension Fund which affects your benefits, you should in the first instance write to: Pensions Manager at North East Scotland Pension Fund, Level 1, 2MSq, Marischal Square, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1BL.
If the dispute cannot be resolved by the Fund, the member can begin the Internal Dispute Resolution Process below. This must be made in writing within 6 months following the initial decision.
If you have a complaint relating to:
If the dispute cannot be resolved by the employer, the member can begin the Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure. This must be made in writing within 6 months following the initial decision.
If a complaint cannot be resolved by the Pensions Manager or your employer, you can invoke the two-stage Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure (IDRP) by completing the appropriate IDRP appeal form.
Any complaints made under the IDRP must be made in writing within 6 months of the date that you are notified of the decision which is being appealed against. The IDRP is summarised below but a full guide along with the appeal form is available in the Publications page.
IDRP - Stage 1
Under Stage 1 of this procedure, the complaint should be directed to the Appointed Person, who is the person nominated to consider stage 1 appeals. The Appointed Person is independent and not involved in the decision against which you are appealing. The Appointed Person will either uphold or dismiss the appeal.
Complaints to North East Scotland Pension Fund:
Complaints to your Employer:
IDPR - Stage 2
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Appointed Person, under Stage 2 of IDRP you can make an appeal to: The Scottish Ministers, Scottish Public Pensions Agency, 7 Tweedside Park, Tweedbank, Galashiels, TD1 3TE. This must be made in writing within six months of the Stage 1 determination.
If you do not agree with the decision of the Scottish Ministers you have the right of further appeal to the Pensions Ombudsman. If you do not appeal, the Stage 1 decision is binding.
If you are unhappy with the decision made by the Scottish Ministers, you can take the case to the Pensions Ombudsman whose decision is final and binding.
The Pensions Ombudsman can be contacted at The Office of the Pensions Ombudsman, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit the Pensions Ombudsman's website.