Pensions analysis: In Lettman (PO-3753), the Pensions Ombudsman found the Local Government Pension Scheme administrators guilty of maladministration in exposing beneficiaries to an adverse tax charge by paying a lump sum death grant outside the two-year timeframe allowed by HMRC. Martin Scott of gunnercooke LLP looks at the decision.
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