Yvette Cooper MP

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1 Year Anniversary Since the Closure of Kellingley Mine, Yet Britain’s Last Deep Coalminers Still Aren’t Getting a Fair Deal

On 18th December 2016 Kellingley Colliery closed for the last time, ending hundreds of years of Yorkshire mining history. The miner’s redundancy terms were far worse than those in the 80s and 90s and the Government refused calls from me and other campaigners such as the NUM to provide more support. Britain's last miners at Kellingley Colliery have had lower pay-outs that the Thoresby miners or almost all the miners in any of the past pit closures including under the Thatcher Government.

 

It's been well over a year since the closure of Britain’s last deep coal mine, yet Britain’s last deep coal miners are still fighting for a fair deal. 

 

On 18th December 2016 Kellingley Colliery closed for the last time, ending hundreds of years of Yorkshire mining history. The miner’s redundancy terms were far worse than those in the 80s and 90s and the Government refused calls from me and other campaigners such as the NUM to provide more support. Britain's last miners at Kellingley Colliery have had lower pay-outs that the Thoresby miners or almost all the miners in any of the past pit closures including under the Thatcher Government.

 

Now it has emerged that the Government has accepted the claim by Thoresby miners for an extra payment as a result of failure to consult properly on the pit closure. However they have refused the payments for Kellingley miners even though the consultation process was the same and the Kellingley miners were the last to go. The extra award is worth up to an extra £3800. 

 

Both me and my colleagues at the NUM are calling on the Government to stand by the last British miners and provide the extra payments for Kellingley

 

I'm also concerned about the unfairness of concessionary fuel payments, particularly for the ex-miners who were just under 50 at the time Kellingley closed but who still lose their entitlement forever even if they take up further employment, even if this job doesn’t work out.

 

I'll continue to fight for a fair deal for the Kellingley miners.

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