THERE were some crumbs of comfort last week for the 450 members of the Samuel Jones pension scheme, which collapsed when the Little Paxton paper manufacturer went bust in 2002. The Government's Financial Assistance Scheme will provide an additional £2billion for some of the 85,000 pension scheme members across the country who were hit when company failures between 1997 and 2005 dragged their schemes into insolvency. Although people receiving pensions from the Samuel Jones scheme had their income protected as primary beneficiaries of such money as remained in the pot, the sums they receive are frozen. Those within three years of retirement already had some protection, but last week's announcement by Pensions Minister John Hutton extended that to those within 15 years of retirement. Samuel Jones campaigner Alan Marnes said 60 per cent of scheme members were now covered to some extent by the Government's measures.