Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Léonie Mathers today welcomed a u-turn by the Government on the ending of the concessionary coal allowance for some retired miners and their widows.
During a visit to Thoresby Colliery in Edwinstowe today, Chancellor George Osborne announced that he would reverse the decision to end the entitlement.
Léonie invited Labour's Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform, Chris Bryant, to Ollerton last week to hear from some of the thousands of retired miners who lost the entitlement worth up to £1,500 per year when UK Coal went into administration earlier this year.
Léonie Mathers said:
“This Tory u-turn, which follows a huge amount of local pressure, will be a real relief for thousands of retired miners and their widows. They have been dreading the arrival of winter, with the double hit of soaring energy prices and the loss of the fuel allowance they were entitled to.
“We’ve been calling for the Government to put a stop to this worry for months. I hope they will now push through the necessary changes as a matter of urgency, so the fuel allowance is back in place quickly and no-one is forced to choose between heating and eating this winter.”