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Pension restored to widows of warders who remarried

By Michael McHugh

Pensions will be reinstated for widows and widowers of prison officers in Northern Ireland whose allowances stopped when they remarried, the Finance Minister said.

All widows and widowers whose husbands and wives were members of the Civil Service pension scheme are covered.

Mervyn Storey noted overwhelming support for the proposals.

"I have now decided to act and reinstate pensions from April 2016 to those widows and widowers who lost their pensions when, for example, they remarried," said Mr Storey. "The changes I've announced today will benefit widows and widowers whose husbands and wives have served our community in Northern Ireland over many years, including prison officers, civilian members of the RUC and the PSNI."

Payments will be made from April onwards. The costs of this change will be met by the employer and spread over the lifetime of the pensions.

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