Pension protesters hold all-night vigil

WHILE Gordon Brown slept at Number 10, a group of protesters campaigned outside Downing Street, demanding compensation for the loss of their pensions. About 50 protesters gathered for an all-night vigil to fight for the 125,000 workers who are waiting for

WHILE Gordon Brown slept at Number 10, a group of protesters campaigned outside Downing Street, demanding compensation for the loss of their pensions.

About 50 protesters gathered for an all-night vigil to fight for the 125,000 workers who are waiting for compensation from the Government.

Among the protestors was 57-year-old Alan Marnes of Southoe who has been campaigning for five-and-a-half years for his pension.

He told The Hunts Post: "I am fighting for the pension that is rightfully mine.

"I certainty do not want to be standing outside Downing Street with placards on a cold November evening but, if that's what it takes, then I am willing to do it."

Mr Marnes worked for Samuel Jones in St Neots for 36 years but lost his pension when the company closed in 2002. At the moment, anyone who loses an occupational pension is assured compensation from the Pension Protection Fund set up in 2004. But for thousands of people who lost their pensions prior to 2004, there is little assistance.

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Mr Marnes said he should have been getting £36,000 a year when he retired, but the Government has offered him just £13,000.

INFORMATION: To find out more, visit www.pensionstheft.org