This policy is to deal with all grievances pertaining to the actions or otherwise of the Pensions Unit which fall outside of the scope of the Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure relevant to the pension scheme to which your membership relates. For details of the relevant Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure, please contact the Pensions Unit who will provide documentation relating to the process for your pension scheme.

The Pensions Unit is committed to providing a quality service to all our clients and their members. If you are not satisfied with the level of service you have received from us we would like you to tell us about it. All complaints are taken very seriously and any feedback is appreciated as it provides us with an opportunity to improve our standards.

Complaints Procedure

  1. You should forward your complaint to the Pensions Unit in the first instance; postal address and other details on our contact us page.
  2. Upon receipt, your complaint is entered into our complaints matrix and assigned to a member of our Governance Team for investigation; this person will send you written acknowledgement on receipt of your complaint within 5 working days.
  3. The assigned member of the Governance Team will then investigate your complaint. This is likely to involve the following steps:   • Examining your record to ascertain the sequence of relevant events & related correspondence   • Interviewing the relevant members of staff for clarification on the issue   • Liaising with senior management as appropriate
  4. We aim to acknowledge, fully investigate and respond to all complaints within 10 working days.
  5. A full written response to your complaint will be drafted by the appointed member of the Governance Team and be sent to you with supporting documentary evidence (if applicable). In addition, they may escalate your concerns to the relevant Manager or Director who may wish to discuss the events surrounding your complaint directly with you.
  6. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can make a written request for escalation of your complaint. The investigation will be reviewed by the Head of Pensions, who will respond directly with his findings and conclusion.
  7. If you remain unsatisfied with the decision, you can contact the Pensions Ombudsman who may be able to assist with your case depending upon its nature.

Internal Disputes Resolution Procedure

In the first instance you should contact the Teesside Pension Fund at the address shown on the contacts page. We will arrange to send you a detailed guide explaining the Internal Disputes Resolution Procedure and how your complaint can be heard.

Any complaint must be made within six months of receipt of the notification of the decision about which you are complaining. The initial review will be conducted by the specified person, the name and address of whom is specific to what decision the complaint is about.

Following an independent review, if you are still dissatisfied with the decision, you may apply to the second stage of the appeal process to have your complaint reconsidered. Your application must be made within six months of receiving the notification of the initial review.

If you are still not satisfied following the second stage decision, you can appeal to the Pensions Ombudsman. You must have sought advice from The Pensions Advisory Service before the Ombudsman will consider your case.