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MP fighting for fairer deal for ex-mineworkers

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, is fighting for a better deal for former mineworkers from Barnsley and across Yorkshire.

He has written to the trustees of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (MPS) to call for a meeting to review an arrangement that has deprived ex-miners of billions of pounds.

Under an agreement made by the Tory Government and the trustees of the British Coal pensions schemes in 1994, 50 per cent of the surplus made by the MPS goes to the Government.

Since 1994, it has made £3.36bn from the scheme – despite making no contributions, even when the scheme was in deficit.

Mr Dugher and other Labour MPs from former coalfield communities are now calling for a meeting to hammer out a fairer deal for ex-miners.

He said: “Thousands of miners from Barnsley and across Yorkshire have worked extremely hard to build up a pension pot for their retirement.

“I believe they and their widows should have a much greater share of the huge surplus that has been built up.

“This country owes a huge debt of gratitude to our former miners. We owe it to them and their families secure a far better, fairer deal for them.”

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