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Troubles pension impasse faced by victims branded 'shameful' by Hain as legal row looms

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Peter Hain

Peter Hain

Judith Thompson

Judith Thompson

Simon Hoare

Simon Hoare

Peter Hain

Victims having to challenge delays to a Troubles pension through the courts shows how low politics in Northern Ireland has sunk, a former Secretary of State has said.

The payments, worth up to £10,000 a year, have been delayed amid a stand-off between Belfast and London over who foots the £100m-plus bill.

The scheme had been due to open for applications on May 29.