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Pensions Surge in claims as British expat retirees in Spain complain about mis-sold SIPPs
A report by Pedro Goncalves in International Investments
A staggering £10bn worth of SIPPs may have been incorrectly dealt to hundreds of thousands of British retirees in Spain by dubious financial advisers which has sparked a number of claims.
At least 70,000 British pensioners are retired in Spain and the uncertainty surrounding their pensions once Britain exits the European Union has resulted in a flood of claims. If they have been mis-sold badly performing Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs), with successful claimants looking to receive a average of a £30,000 windfall in compensation.
At present the take-up of SIPPs claims is fast overtaking the PPI claims totals. Pension Claim Consulting alone are handling £4.2m worth of claims.
The majority of retired British expats are already feeling the cold winds of Brexit in the exchange rate between the euro and sterling, and are now scared that leaving the EU will disallow their claims for mis-selling of a financial product.
The majority of claimants are from traditionally working class employment sectors such as construction, shop staff, catering and nursing, most of whom would be easily misled by unscrupulous IFAs trawling Spain's retirement havens in search of victims who'd fall for the lure of a large lump sum rather than regular payments from their final salary pensions.
One British MP, chair of the work and pensions committee Frank Field, is leading the fight against rogue IFAs who prey on pensions savers, especially in popular retirement destinations such as Spain.
According to the committee, "parasitical introducers" and "dubious advisers" have shamelessly cheated many thousands of members of pension schemes, robbing them of the opportunity to receive pension payments guaranteed for their lifetimes. Field is now advising all expat pensioners who have opted for a SIPP to have the investment checked as soon as possible for mis-selling or any other irregularities.
Stokes added: "I would urge anyone living in Spain who has a SIPP that they were advised to set up to get them checked straight away."