MPs have decided not provide millions of pounds to keep Thoresby colliery in Nottinghamshire open for a further three years.Read the full story ›
The Energy Minister Michael Fallon has confirmed a £10 million package for Thoresby pit but admits closure of the mine is inevitable.Read the full story ›
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.
UK Coal has confirmed it has gone into administration with 350 jobs lost following the fire at the Daw Mill Colliery, Warwickshire, in March.
UK Coals says it has managed to save around 2,000 jobs
UK Coal Mine Holdings Ltd and UK Coal Operations Ltd have both today gone into administration.
UK Coal has told ITV Central it is confident Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire is still viable. The company has lost more than £200 million in a fire at another pit.
And it is talking to the government about what help it can give to make sure UK Coal survives.
Commenting on the future of UK Coal a Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said:
"The Government is looking at a number of options with UK Coal and our discussions are ongoing."
Britain's largest coal mining firm is calling on the government for financial support, following the underground fire at Daw Mill which has left the pit and workforce redundant.
Parts of UK Coal may return to public ownership under plans being discussed by ministers that would protect some, or all, of the company's ailing pension scheme.
The underground blaze at Daw Mill in Warwickshire, has resulted in 650 miners being put out of work. The damage has cost UK Coal £160million in lost coal and a further £100million in equipment losses.
Andrew Mcintosh, spokesperson for UK Coal, said a third of the company's business was affected by the fire at Daw Mill, which is still burning.
The Conservative MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, has today asked the government for employment support following the loss of 650 jobs at the Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire.
UK Coal announced earlier this month that the colliery would have to close after a ferocious underground fire made operations unfeasible.
The workforce has been made redundant because of the blaze.
Miners at Daw Mill Colliery last night got the news they have been dreading, the pit is to close. It is one of the last deep coal mines in the country, but has been under threat of closure for some years.
A fire at the coal face, which began two weeks ago and is still burning has now put paid to any hopes it might survive, as Callum Watkinson reports.
Daw Mill Colliery has enough coal to keep it mining for another 25 years but the fire that is still burning 740m deep under ground has forced it to close.