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BENTLEY MINERS MEMORIAL

This year`s annual Bentley Memorial will take place on Sunday 25 November 2012 at 12 noon at Arksey Cemetery.  The memorial will last approximately 30 minutes and the service will be conducted by local clergy.


The Memorial is held to commemorate those who lost their lives in the disasters of 1931 and 1978.


News

Kellingley and Thoresby could remain open into 2018

In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. But the Government need to act now! Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.

"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."

The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf

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