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Death knell for Kellingley and Thoresby pits

More than 200 staff at Kellingley Colliery are being sent their redundancy letters today, and Thoresby Colliery will cease production at the beginning of July, it has been revealed.

Chris Kitchen, the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said: "Under the UK Coal closure plan that the Government is helping us fund, Thoresby will cease production at the end of June beginning of July. Then the shafts will be filled in and another one bites the dust."

Reports back in March said the pit would close by the end of the year.

However, Mr Kitchen added that the initial date to end production which was July 10 is now July 3 because the workers are a week ahead of themselves.

Kellingley Colliery is about six months behind Thoresby.

Today UK Coal will send out letters to 205 miners putting them on notice of redundancy.

There are 500 miners at Kellingley. The remainder will leave when the pit closes in about six months.


Former miner: Free coal allowance U-turn a 'relief'

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.


Government 'looking at number of options' for UK Coal

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."

UK Coal may be nationalised following Daw Mill fire

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.

Nuneaton MP asks government for Daw Mill Colliery employment support

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.

Daw Mill Colliery closure, full report

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.

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