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

Ukraine Miners Message
Ukraine Miners Message to NUM Ukraine miners' leader Sergey Yunak (PRUP) has sent Seasons Greetings from miners' in the Ukraine to miners and their families in the UK. Expressing the warm friendship built up over many years his message emphasises the need that we all have for reliable friendship an

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USA talking to Cuba
USA talking to Cuba Good news! the USA and Cuba are to re-establish diplomatic relations let's hope that the sanctions imposed by the US for over half a century are removed as quickly as possible and that both peoples can move forward and normalise relations.  

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China buys Wind Farms
China via China General Nuclear Power Corp. acquires an 80 percent stake in 3 Wind Farms from Électricité de France (eDF) for over £100m. According to the Daily Telegraph each job in the Wind Farm industry is effectively subsidised to the tune of £100,000 per job per year.

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Miners Remember
Miners at Lofthouse (West Yorkshire) remember those who lost their lives, suffered injuries and all those who worked in the mines during war years:- L to R P Harrison, J Harris, B Kenny. T Banks, D Dews [ Cllr], M Johnson [Cllr], I Bains, C Keith.[Cllr] Miners in Yorkshire Remember 100 years

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