Coal hearted

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - madeu­[email protected]­

WE’VE all agreed to what seemed a good idea at the time, only to re­gret it later.

When British Coal was pri­va­tised in 1994 the then govern­ment guar­an­teed its pen­sion schemes, mean­ing the re­tire­ment in­comes of 200,000 minework­ers were pro­tected.

But the funds have done so well that cold­hearted min­is­ters have mined £4.4bil­lion from them with­out putting a penny in. And to­day the Sun­day Mir­ror re­veals that the Trea­sury’s lat­est wind­fall is a phe­nom­e­nal £617mil­lion.

The Govern­ment might say a deal is a deal. Nat­u­ral jus­tice says enough is enough.

Min­ers worked hard for their money and paid a packet for their pen­sions. It is now time they got the full ben­e­fit.

Claire Perry is the min­is­ter now in charge of this. She says she is re­vis­ing the ar­range­ment.

We trust, Ms Perry, you will re­vise up­wards in favour of re­tired min­ers and their fam­i­lies.

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