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COUNCILS 'FAILURE TO STOP PENALISING WAR VETERANS'

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The Yorkshire Post - which is a running a campaign to 'end injustice for our war pensioners' - reports (p12) that L...
The Yorkshire Post - which is a running a campaign to 'end injustice for our war pensioners' - reports (p12) that Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown and other politicians yesterday paid lip service to war veterans' plight.

Mr Ashdown said veterans should receive their full pensions, but he will not compel the three councils under his party's control that take up to two thirds of the pensions - Gosport, North Devon and Portland - to change their policy.

The paper reports a minority of councils in Britain (27) count war pensions as income when calculating housing benefit and council tax rebate entitlement.

Labour MPs in the county blamed the government for the problem, the Post reports, despite three Yorkshire councils under Labour control - Barnsley, Sheffield and Wakefield - being among the 27.

A Lib Dem spokesperson said: 'Our party is not run in such a way where we tell local councils what to do.'

Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe said councils were 'really having to scratch around for every penny and that is leading them into taking what might appear to be a mean-minded approach.'

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