Brian Pead makes Official Complaint to Minister for Pensions

Dear Mr Opperman,

An Open Letter re:

(i)                  unpaid winter fuel payments;

(ii)                unlawful interference with my State Pension & Pension Credit;

(iii)               unlawful withholding of my Teacher’s Pension.

I write to you in your capacity as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. I also note from your website that you worked as a barrister for 20 years and I therefore believe that you are suitably qualified to address my Official Complaints.

I should immediately make you aware that on 31st December 2013 and again on 4th February 2019, I issued Official Complaints against HM Government under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. These complaints have not been addressed which as a barrister, you will know, is a further direct breach of my rights and those of my family. I do not propose to regale with the full details which led me to take the step of initiating an Official Complaint against HM Government but instead to focus only on the way in which my Pensions have been unlawfully interfered with. You will also be aware that swift action is necessary on your part so that HM Government is not guilty of further violating my Rights and those of my family members. (HM Government is also guilty of violating my grandchildren’s Rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC} ] when, in 2011, the Metropolitan Police abused my then 12-year-old granddaughter and unlawfully prevented me from communicating with my grandchildren through the use of an unlawfully obtained Restraining Order.)

Issues with my Pensions & Other Pension Rights and Benefits

1.       State Pension & Pension Credit

In November last year, my Pension Credit was stopped on the bogus claim that my “circumstances had changed”. They had not. I asked for Disclosure from the Pension Agency for proof of my circumstances having changed and no such evidence was forthcoming.

I therefore ask that you provide me with such disclosure.

2.       Cold Weather Payments

In December 2018, I received a letter correctly informing me that I would be paid the sum of £200 (two hundred pounds) as a Cold Weather Payment. I have never received this payment.

I therefore ask that you ensure that I am put in funds in the sum of £200, together with 8% interest p.a. as allowed by the Courts.

3.       My Teacher’s Pension.

As a former teacher for 25 years, I paid into the Teacher’s Pension. I have officially retired and not received either (a) a lump sum or (b) a monthly pension. 

The reasons put forward by the TPA were that I owe my own pension pot the sum of £25,000 (twenty-five thousand) pounds. As my MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, has often said to me in constituency meetings and letters, you cannot owe your own Pension pot money – you only draw on what you have already paid in.

I was unlawfully dismissed by Lambeth Council in 2007 – Sir Henry (himself a former barrister) is well aware and agrees that I was unlawfully dismissed) – and prevented from teaching again. My dismissal was unlawfully and fraudulently obtained by Lambeth officials whom former MP Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) has reproached for lying to an employment Tribunal in the case of James Walker v Lambeth Council, heard at the South London Tribunal. I have made Sir Henry aware of that case as it has remarkable echoes of my own case against Lambeth. I am currently challenging the perverse decision of the Tribunal in my case in 2008.

I have written to the Teachers Pension Agency asking for (a) proof of debt), (b) full disclosure with regard to my pension and (c) immediate payment of my lump sum – with 8% interest p.a. compounded – and my monthly payments, also with 8% interest added retrospectively since the detriment to me was caused.

The TPA has failed in its duty to me.

I therefore request that you take immediate action (as required by Article 3 of the ECHR) and ensure that, with immediate effect, I receive my lump sum and my monthly payments (with 8% interest compounded as allowed under the rule of law.

Should you require further corroboration of my Official Complaint to the Department of Work and pensions (an agency of Government), may I suggest that you speak with Sir Henry Bellingham, Elizabeth Truss, Stephen Barclay, Mrs May, Sajid David, Sarah Champion, Norman Lamb, Baroness Shephard, Baroness Lawrence and other members of both houses. 

For the avoidance of doubt, I am being deliberately penalized by HM Government for:

(i)                  correctly reporting child abuse, racism and bullying within Lambeth Council between 2005 and 2007;

(ii)                my reinvestigation of the miscarriage of justice involving Tony Martin in 1999;

(iii)               my continued appeals against my SIX “unsafe and unlawful” convictions (as described by Sir Henry) which all came upon me after the age of 56 and after I had been unlawful dismissed by Lambeth Council. As a former barrister, you will have little trouble in calling into question the veracity of those convictions based on those facts alone.    

You will be fully aware of your obligations under the ECHR in dealing with my Official Complaint with promptness and expedition.

 Yours sincerely,

Brian Pead

B.Ed (Hons)

Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling

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