Backing for war heroes Ben and Craig

DONCASTER councillors have backed a motion of support for Ben Parkinson and other service personnel affected by a cap in compensation for injuries.

Paratrooper Ben, from Bessacarr, lost both legs and suffered head and spine injuries in Afghanistan.

He fears proposals to discharge him from the army threatened his military status his access to specialist military rehabilitation.

Ben has also been told his injury compensation is capped at £570,000 rather than the full amount of £1,090,000.

Another Doncaster military amputee, Craig Wood, of Woodlands, is also said to be affected. He lost his legs and part of an arm while serving with The Rifles in Afganistan.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “I am reliably informed that Craig Wood is also affected by this decision. I am appalled at the treatment of our armed forces by national politicians of all parties.

“I have today written to the Secretary of State lending my support to Ben and his family and protesting about the continued disgraceful treatment of our armed forces.

Labour Group Deputy Leader Coun Glyn Jones proposed the motion which “condemns proposals that War Hero and Doncaster resident, Paratrooper Ben Parkinson and other local residents in the Borough in a similar position, are to be doubly hit by Ministry of Defence measures”.

Coun Jones condemned the negative effect this would have on Ben’s future care and well-being.

The motion was supported by all councillors at the meeting agreeing with Coun Jones’ statement which said: “Our service men and women need protection and support, both on the frontline and back home, and we charge the chief executive to write to the MoD to reconsider their proposals.”