About The Pensions Advisory Service
The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is here to give people professional, independent and impartial help with their pensions – for free.
Pensions can change people’s lives. Most of us would like to be able to choose to stop work one day and choose how we live when we do. A good pension is a good way to achieve that. Our vision is a future where people are empowered to make the most of their pensions.
We are here to:
- give free, independent information and guidance on pension matters
- resolve and mediate on problems an individual may have with their pension
- share insight with Government and industry to help develop future pensions policy
Information and guidance for the public
We offer our information and guidance service through a variety of channels including a telephone helpline, web chat, written enquiries, online enquiries and our website.
We're here to help if you’re a member of a UK pension scheme or whether you simply want to know more about these schemes and how they work.
Our service is delivered by in-house pension specialists and a nationwide network of volunteer advisers who have typically worked in the pensions industry in roles that have required a high level of technical knowledge.
Help with pension disputes
We also act as mediators in disputes involving public or private pension schemes or policies. For our dedicated website pages on pension disputes, please click here.
As an overview, we can help you with a pension dispute provided you have already attempted to resolve the complaint or dispute in writing with the parties involved.
If we do help you, we will require copies of that correspondence and any other relevant documents. The case file will then be allocated to either one of our volunteer advisers or a technical specialist member of staff. They will then, through conciliation and mediation, try to resolve the problem if they believe that your complaint or dispute is justified.
Our primary purpose is to help members of the public. While we will always try to be helpful, if you are calling in a professional capacity such as financial advisers, solicitors, scheme trustees or administrators, there are times when we will need to signpost you elsewhere.
Please note too, that while we give information and guidance, we do not and cannot give regulated financial advice.
Where can I find out more?
If you need more information, please contact us. A pension specialist from our team will be happy to help with whatever pensions-related question you have. Our help is always free.