| 17°C Belfast

Close

Premium


Editor's Viewpoint

End pension insult to Troubles vicitms now

Editor's Viewpoint


Close

'In the 50 years since the beginning of the Troubles there has been one constant theme - the victims and survivors have been let down repeatedly by the political class.'  (stock photo)

'In the 50 years since the beginning of the Troubles there has been one constant theme - the victims and survivors have been let down repeatedly by the political class.' (stock photo)

'In the 50 years since the beginning of the Troubles there has been one constant theme - the victims and survivors have been let down repeatedly by the political class.' (stock photo)

In the 50 years since the beginning of the Troubles there has been one constant theme - the victims and survivors have been let down repeatedly by the political class. And it is happening again today with the wrangle between Stormont and Westminster over who will pay the pensions for those seriously injured in the noxious conflict.

The bill is estimated to run to around £100m, which might seem a lot but it is a mere fraction of the money being spent to prevent people losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The beneficiaries of the pensions are people who, for example, lost limbs and have nearly lost hope of being treated fairly.