Limits to trustees' information duties to members and an update on lifetime allowance protections
Pension scheme amendments can give rise to “cliff edges”, disappointed members and complaints that more information about the changes should have been given to members. The scope of the trustees’ duty to share information with members was considered in the recent case of Mayo where the Deputy Pensions Ombudsman determined that trustees were under no legal obligation to advise on whether a member’s decision to take early retirement was suitable for him.
Lifetime allowance protection
Individuals applying for interim lifetime allowance protections from 6 April 2016 should apply for a permanent reference number once the online system is made available from July 2016.