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British Steel Pension Mis-Selling Scandal


At the end of 2017 when the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) was set to close, British steel workers had to decide which scheme their pensions would be moved to.  Workers were given three options, transferring to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), a government-operated pension lifeboat, transferring to the new BSPS 2 scheme, or transferring into a personal pension.


Unfortunately thousands of steel workers relied on advice from financial advisors and believed that transferring into a personal pension was best for them.  However transferring out of a defined benefit pension and losing the associated benefits, is rarely a good idea and not in your best interests.


As of February 8th 2022, the FSCS has received 1,263 claims from British Steel workers, of which 638 claims have been upheld and only 74 have been denied, the remainder are still being processed.


British Steel Pension Scheme
Check Mark - Case Won

Mr. D received bad advice to transfer his British Steel Pension.


He was awarded £85,000 compensation.

Check Mark - Case Won

Mr. M received bad advice to transfer his British Steel Pension.


He was awarded £48,773 compensation.

The uphold rate is 90% for British Steel complaints and while the average time to resolve them is 111 days.


The FSCS have already paid £21.5 million to British Steel Pension Scheme members as the lifeboat fund and FCA call on more steelworkers to claims against IFA's.


The FSCS found that the returns needed by the former BSPS members’ new pensions were unrealistic to match the benefits offered by the BSPS2 or the PPF and the customers would have been better off if they had not transferred to a private plan.


If you transferred your British Steel pension into a private plan, you could be entitled to compensation.  The following companies were involved in British Steel pension transfer and have already been declared in default by the FSCS or are in liquidation.  Anyone that has dealt with these firms can now make a claim for compensation from the FSCS.


The FSCS is recommending that anyone who transferred out of the British Steel Pension Scheme should make a claim, even if you are happy with your decision to transfer.  If you don't you may end up with less money in retirement than you should have.  The FSCS may be able to compensate you up to £85,000.


    • Active Finance (Scotland) Ltd - Failed 22/03/2021


    • Briggs Murray Financial Planning & Wealth Management Ltd, trading as Briggs Murray Wealth - Failed 26/04/2022


    • Crossbrook Insurance Brokers Ltd - Liquidated 22/03/2021


    • Channel One Financial Planning LLP, t/a Channel One Financial Services - Liquidated 25/01/2022


    • DK Consulting Ltd, formerly Plan65 Ltd t/a Davidson Rae Financial Management - Failed 25/03/2021
    • John Dyer Ltd - Failed 03/03/2022


    • Keywood Olley & Associates Ltd, t/a North East Mortgages, EMH Financial Planning - Liquidated 05/04/2022


    • Mansion Park Ltd, t/a Mansion Park Scotland, David Head MPL, Michael J Alexander - Liquidated 23/03/2021
    • Whitebridge Financial Planning Ltd - Failed 26/04/2022


If you have worked with any of these firms, you could be entitled to compensation.

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