Two UK coal mines to close with loss of 1,300 jobs
27 March 2015
Two of England's last deep coal mines are to close after they were refused further government funding. Owner UK Coal had wanted to extend the lives of the Kellingley pit in North Yorkshire and Thoresby in north Nottinghamshire by three years, but business minister Matthew Hancock said the £338m required to do that "does not represent value for money".
Both pits are now set to close by the end of 2015 with the loss of about 1,300 jobs in total.
The decision leaves only one deep mine left in the UK, at Hatfield in South Yorkshire.
A rescue deal combining a £10 million Government loan and private cash collapsed in June, and a worker buy-out put together fell apart with the National Union of Mineworkers blaming UK Coal for insisting the mine takes on heavy debts. UK Coal has since asked for a further £10 million so the closures can go ahead this year.
Selby MP Nigel Adams said: "It's not an outcome that anyone wanted to see, however it is not a huge surprise to everyone involved given the fact that £300 million plus of tax payers money was asked for to keep the business going for only another three years.
"What needs to happen, and what is happening, is that the miners that will be losing their jobs are given support, advice and retraining to ensure they can find alternative employment."
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