Following the DEFRA consultation last year the UK Government has today announced a ban on the burning of domestic coal and wet wood. Sales of bagged traditional house coal will be phased out by February 2021, and the sale of loose coal direct to customers will end by 2023. Whilst this will effect concessioners who still burn house coal in does not apply to smokeless fuels which can continue to be burnt.
The NUM has requested a meeting with the Head of the Coal Liabilities Unit and Director’s Office to discuss this decision as we have concerns as to what the effect will be on the price and therefore amount of future smokeless fuel allowances. The NUM’s view is that we should revisit the amounts paid for cash-in-lieu and possible grant to assist concessioners with the cost of converting to alternative fuels.