Letter: Jo Rust, December 23, 2014

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Recently, the House of Commons debated the issue of firefighters’ pensions.

The scheme will see a firefighter of 60 expected to retain the same level of fitness as one in their 20s, or face the sack or a severely reduced pension. With the best will in the world, even the fittest 60-year-old won’t be able to achieve this level, in fact it’s likely that 66 per cent of them won’t meet the necessary standards and will lose out heavily as a result. The debate could have seen this scheme be annulled.

Our own MP made very positive noises of support to our local firefighters, those men and women who risk life and limb to save us in fires, who helped out when the floods hit, who turn up and cut people out of road traffic accidents and who are often the first in line to help when charities call and need support.

Sadly the message of support he gave these brave men and women wasn’t born out in action and Henry voted to continue this unfair scheme. When a politician says one thing but does another it’s little wonder people lose faith in them.

Jo Rust,

Labour Party prospective candidate for NW Norfolk