Widow pension rethink hailed.
A FAIRER deal for war widows who remarry has been hailed by a Teesside MP and a Royal British Legion stalwart.
Redcar RBL chairman, Redcar and Cleveland councillor Eric Howden, pointed out to the town's MP Ian Swales that war widows who remarried were losing their widows' pensions. Mr Swales wrote to the pension minister Steve Webb MP to highlight the unfairness and request an urgent review.
The government has now announced its intention to close the loophole which saw an estimated 3,000 women miss out between 1973 and 2005. And the announcement by David Cameron that the policy is being reviewed has been welcomed by Mr Howden. He said: "I brought this to Ian's attention as it matters a great deal to the British Legion to get this policy changed.
"I'm glad that widows will now be able to remarry without the fear or financial difficulty."
Mr Swales said: "I am delighted this matter has been reviewed. We owe a great deal to the people who have served our country and it is hugely unfair we were punishing war widows for moving on with their lives and seek-seek ing happiness."