Hogan Lovells

Key Dates

Determination Ms R (PO-13645) issued on 13 March 2018


In a complaint concerning eligibility for an ill health pension, the Pensions Ombudsman has directed the employer Council to obtain a certificate from an independent registered medical practitioner (IRMP) not previously involved in the case.  The Council should then consider all the relevant evidence and reach a decision.

The Ombudsman agreed with the Adjudicator's findings that the Council had previously failed to reach its own decision on the level of ill health pension to be awarded but had simply relied on the opinion of its IRMP.  Under the regulations governing the scheme, the Council (as employer) was required to take advice on the member's capability and then decide itself which level of benefits should be paid. 

Date Accessed: 03/12/2021