PENSIONS

MINEWORKERS' PENSION SCHEME
THE FORMER BRITISH COAL PENSION SCHEMES: THE MINEWORKERS? PENSION SCHEME AND THE BRITISH COAL STAFF SUPERANNUATION SCHEME The Mineworkers? Pension Scheme (MPS) and British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme (BCSSS) together have 430,000 members in total and taken together represent the second largest funded pension scheme in the UK. At privatisation of the British Coal Corporation in 1994, the two Schemes were closed to new members and new contributions, and they and their assets were separated from the Corporation as stand alone trusts
http://www.mps-pension.org.uk/



NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION
The NPC is widely recognised, as the umbrella body for pensioners' groups throughout the UK. We currently have over 250 affiliates and hundreds of individual supporters. This website site will give you information about: what the NPC campaigns for how it is organised how you can get involved As well as giving you all the latest news on a range of issues that affect older people.
http://www.natpencon.org.uk/



OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY (OPRA)
OPRA was set up by Parliament to help make sure that occupational pension schemes are safe and well run. Invicta House, Trafalgar Place, Brighton, Sussex BN1 4DW Tel: 01273 627600 e-mail: helpdesk@opra.gov.uk
http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/



THE PENSION SERVICE
The Pension Service website is published by the Government to provide information about state and private pensions. It tells you what you should be thinking about ? whether you?re just starting out, about to retire or already retired.
http://www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/home.asp

UK Coal Secure 4m Loan
UK Coal Secure £4m Loan UK Coal has confirmed funding for the managed closure of its deep mining business. They say the deal includes a commercial loan of £4m from government as well as support from other partners which will allow the company to safely close Kellingley Colliery in Yorks

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Hatfield
INVEST IN COAL NOW The National Union of Mineworkers Yorkshire Area Trust, with the agreement of the NUM National Executive Committee, Yorkshire Area Council and Yorkshire Area Trust Trustees and after taking legal and financial advice have agreed to invest £4 million in the Hatfield Colliery

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Value For Money
Value for money? With regard to supporting the coal industry Vince Cable says that they have “taken the view that it wouldn't be good value for money". Wind farms take £1.2billion a year in subsidies paid for by a supplement on consumer electricity bills. Royal Bank of Scotland is 80

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Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (UK)
Statement by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (UK) STOP THE RUSSO-UKRAINE WAR Pro-Russian para-militaries are surrounded in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk but peace in Ukraine is far from certain, the remaining inhabitants are in a perilous position. Since April more than 1,543 military and civi

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