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U-turn for miners

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne has announced that the government will guarantee the concessionary fuel allowance for around 400 miners who lost their jobs because of the UK Coal restructuring plus around 1,000 retired workers.

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Video: Victory in free coal campaign

There has been a landmark victory for retired miners - who have been told by the Government they will have free coal for life.

Hundreds of former pitmen stood to lose their historic fuel allowance under a deal to save UK Coal and two thousand jobs.

But today the Chancellor George Osborne announced during a visit to Thoresby Colliery in North Nottinghamshire that their concessionary allowance will be guaranteed by the government. David Hirst reports.

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