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Bassetlaw MP John Mann has campaigned to have free coal allowance payments re-instated for miners.
Today he welcomed news of a government U-turn, saying that, for many ex-miners and their widows, the allowance was essential.
For 35 years, John Brennan worked as a miner in North Nottinghamshire.
When he was made redundant 8 years ago, one consolation was that he would continue to receive a free coal allowance.
A few months ago he got the news that it was being taken away. The allowance for John and hundreds like him was removed following the collapse of UK Coal earlier this year.
But today during a trip to Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire, the Chancellor George Osborne announced the government was re-instating the allowance.
John Brennan says it's a huge relief.