TRUSTEES of the Yorkshire area NUM are to appeal against a court decision which ruled former leader Arthur Scargill was entitled to almost £13,500 in damages amid a row over a car.

Mr Scargill successfully challenged the union's Yorkshire Area Trust Fund after he was denied money towards a new car that he was entitled to as an employee.

In February judge Robert Moore, sitting at Sheffield Crown Court, found in Mr Scargill's favour and said the trustees had acted in an 'unlawful and illogical way' when they offered just £50 towards a vehicle. He was contractually entitled to a car allowance based on 80 per cent of the value of a Ford Mondeo.

Judge Moore ordered that Mr Scargill, 74, of Hound Hill Lane, Worsbrough Bridge, be paid £12,000, plus £480 in lost interest. He was also awarded £1,000 damages for losing his rights as a union member.

But the trustees have taken legal advice and have decided to appeal. Papers, indlucing a skeleton argument have been filed at the Court of Appeal in London and the grounds for appeal have been accepted. It is thought the appeal will be heard before the end of the year.

Chris Kitchen, NUM Yorkshire Area Secretary, said: "The trustees had to take legal advice, and based on that advice decided if there was the option to appeal they would do.

"They had to apply to the Appeal Court and have been granted leave to appeal the Sheffield County Court decision."

At the county court hearing Mr Scargill had also claimed he was entitled to allowances to cover the cost of mobile and landline telephones. Judge Moore rejected his claim.

Mr Scargill will be back in court in London this autumn to take on the national executive of the NUM. A judge will rule whether he is entitled to a London flat for life.

Other allowances including a fuel payment and security bills for his Worsbrough Bridge home will be considered at the same time. That hearing is due to start in October.