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Pensions ombudsman reappointed

Pensions ombudsman reappointed

Anthony Arter has been reappointed as pensions ombudsman for another two-year term, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed.

Mr Arter, who took up the role in May 2015, will continue in the post until 31 July 2021. He is a solicitor and former head of pensions and London senior partner at Eversheds.

Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: "I am pleased to confirm that Anthony Arter will continue as pensions ombudsman and Pension Protection Fund (PPF) ombudsman.

"Anthony [Arter] has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience of pensions to this vital role and has displayed great leadership and judgement. I look forward to Anthony [Arter] and his team continuing to provide a high-quality service."

In February, The Pensions Ombudsman integrated The Pensions Advisory Service's (Tpas) dispute resolution function, which was expected to drive down complaint times.

The Pensions Ombudsman is a free service, funded by grant-in-aid from the DWP. It investigates complaints and disputes about personal and occupational pension schemes; reviewable matters and complaints about the PPF and appeals against the Financial Assistance Scheme.

The pensions ombudsman and the PPF ombudsman are public appointments made by the secretary of state for Work and Pensions. They follow an open competition process regulated by the Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments.