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MP FOR PONTYRPRIDD, URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE MINEWORKER’S PENSIONS SCHEME FAIRER

Written by on 24th May 2021

As the newly elected co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Coalfield Communities, Alex Davies-Jones MP has today written to the Prime Minister calling on him to urgently implement changes to the Mineworker’s Pension Scheme (MPS) to make it fairer for former mineworkers.

Serious questions have been raised by a recent report by the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Select Committee into the scheme and its fairness. The committee reported that the Government had failed to conduct due diligence during the 1994 negotiations and were negligent by not taking actuarial advice at the time.

The Committee has also concluded that the Government’s current entitlement is not proportionate to the degree of financial risk it faces and urged the Government to conduct a review of the current arrangements with a view to finding a better, fairer outcome for the pensioners.

During the 2019 General Election, the Prime Minister committed to ensuring a fairer deal for former mineworkers and so today Alex Davies-Jones MP has written to the him on behalf of former mineworkers and their families urging him to commit to this review and keep his word.

Alex is keen to hear from former mineworkers and their families on this issue.

Commenting on the letter, Alex Davies-Jones MP said:

‘As the Member of Parliament for a former mining community in South Wales I’m delighted to have been recently elected as co-chair of the APPG for Coalfield Communities.

‘Retired mineworkers in my community and across the UK toiled incredibly hard and often in dangerous conditions for years, and yet the average pension for members of the MPS is just £84 per week whilst the Government have benefited to the tune of more than £4.4bn.

‘The Prime Minister talked a good game on the doorstep during the 2019 General Election on the MPS but since then he has failed to do anything to make the Scheme fairer for former miners.

‘I have written to him today to urge him to take steps to rectify this injustice for mineworkers and their families without further delay.’