Pay pensions to old soldiers

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s old soldiers are being rallied for a new campaign – to make sure they get every penny of service pension to which they are entitled.

For it is suspected that there could be whole brigades of servicemen and women in the county who are not receiving their full pensions after the rules were changed almost 30 years ago, opening the door for fairer pension payment arrangements.

Heading the drive are members of the Equality for Veterans Association who believe there could be ‘hundreds, possibly thousands’ of veterans in the county not receiving pensions because they do not know the rules were changed.

It would be a near-impossible task for the Government to track down former service personnel, considering the manner in which they will have dispersed over the years.

But a publicity campaign would not hurt and would show that Whitehall is behaving in an open and fair manner over this issue.

If men and women who served their country are entitled to payment in later life, then they should receive it and readers will expect the Government to take whatever steps are practical to ensure that this happens in every case.

The alarming side of warmer weather

WITH the warmer weather upon us, most folk like to make the most of their gardens. But too many of us are driven back indoors by burglar alarms which go off for no obvious reason.

And they are leading to hundreds of complaints to the council each year, all of which costs money.

Readers will therefore welcome news that a week-long campaign has been announced to tackle the problem.

It aims to encourage people to be more responsible over their alarms and to ensure that they are registered with the Environmental Protection Service so officials know who to contact in the event of a problem.

This would be a wise step as the council has the right to silence rogue alarms if they are causing a nuisance – and to recover costs from the owners. Not a cheap option!

A fitting tribute

A FITTING tribute has been paid to Sheffield woman Gwen Berry who spent 21 years tirelessly raising tens of thousands of pounds to help veterinary charity the PDSA.

Gwen, who died two years ago, aged 92, is remembered on a plaque – and it was unveiled in a truly appropriate location, at Sheffield PDSA PetAid hospital.

Sheffield is blessed with a small army of people, like Gwen, who seek no reward for the hours of selfless work they invest in their chosen causes.

But it is always nice to see that work recognised and rewarded.