If you have been accepted for Tier 1 ill health but you feel you should have been awarded the Tier 2, you have the right to appeal this decision. You can challenge the tier that you have been given via our Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) procedures. To do this, please complete form DRP1 and send it to us with any further medical evidence that you wish to be considered in support of your dispute.

Alternatively, if the right to request a reassessment was outlined in your original ill health acceptance letter then a change from Tier 1 to Tier 2 can be considered if you believe you have further medical evidence for your claim. In this instance, you should write to the Scheme's medical advisers requesting the reassessment, enclosing any further medical evidence in support of your request. Typically, this option is made available where the nature of your condition makes it difficult to assess your long term ability to permanently undertake any regular employment.

You have up to three years from the date that your Tier 1 benefits were awarded for this reassessment to be requested. In the above case any decision to award a Tier 2 pension after a reassessment would take effect from the date of reassessment and not from the original start date of the pension.

Please note: neither subsequent conditions nor deterioration related to ageing would be taken into account during reassessment.

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