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SHEFFIELD CITY DEFENDS WAR PENSIONS DECISIONS

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Joan Barton, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council has defended the practice of treating war pensions as income w...
Joan Barton, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council has defended the practice of treating war pensions as income when calculating council tax and housing benefit, reports the Yorkshire Post (p3).

Ms Barton told the paper: 'This is a national issue. The government should, as it does with benefits, fund war pensions based benefits.

'The resources exist nationally to meet the real cost of this need.

'They do not exist in Sheffield without damaging services in a city with some of the highest poverty levels in the country, levels of unemployment swell above the national average and widespread poor health because of social and economic circumstances.'
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