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About Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd

Posted on 5 January, 2022 by Andy Ramsay

Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd was an independent financial advisory firm that was one of the companies associated with the British Steel Pension Scheme scandal. Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd exploited the uncertainty that surrounded Tata’s Steel decision to sell its UK business in 2016, by advising many British Steelworkers to swap their defined benefit pension into risky investments and SIPP products, losing valuable accrued benefits when they did. They were incorporated as a private limited company on 18 March 2010 and formally dissolved on 26 November 2021.

Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd operated from 3 addresses while in existence; 10 Shepford Place Drumpelleir Farm Coatbridge ML5 1RS, then Ingram House 227 Ingram Street Glasgow G1 1AD, and finally 4th Floor 58 Waterloo Street Glasgow G2 7DA on 29 April 2021.

Their last accounts were made up to 31 March 2020, and their last annual return was made up to 17 May 2016. The company had three officers and one resignation throughout its lifespan;  Helena Susan Simpson (active), Kenneth James Simpson (active), and Stephen David Hemmings (resigned).

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is accepting claims about Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd. Were you mis-sold SIPP or investment products by any of the advisors at Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd? If so, you may qualify for mis-sold pension or SIPP compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

What did Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd do wrong?

Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd is one of the companies associated with claims regarding the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS)

During 2017, many British Steelworkers were advised to transfer out of their defined benefit pension into a defined contribution pension, known as a Personal Pension Plan or a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP). 

Sadly, many British Steelworkers received negligent advice to transfer their desirable final salary pension to an inferior private plan. Many of which were then invested in high-risk esoteric funds that failed.

British Steel employees received enviable pensions. These were often final salary pensions, which keep pace with inflation. When the cost of living increases, your monthly income increases as well, and they don’t have fees or extra costs. Best of all, a final salary pension (also known as a defined benefit pension) lasts as long as you live.

By transferring to a private pension arrangement, British Steel employees would have lost the benefits already built up in the British Steel Pension Scheme. It may not have been realistic to achieve the same level of benefits from their new plan. These private pension schemes are limited – when the pot runs out, it runs out, which could leave you destitute in your golden years. Since they’re tied to the market, these risky pension plans can dwindle to zero overnight. You are also charged high annual fees and commissions.

FSCS Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd claims

Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd has been declared in default by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and can no longer pay out any returns.  This means that the UK’s compensation scheme for failed financial services firms will pay compensation for valid mis-selling claims. Allegiant can assist you with claims to the FSCS about Independent Benefit Consultancy Ltd. Fill in our online application form to get started.

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Good to know: You do not need to use a claims management company to make your complaint to a financial services company. If a complaint is not successful you can refer it to an Ombudsman service for free. If a financial services company has failed you may be able to refer the claim to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for free.