Subsidence and mining
UK Coal is the largest producer of coal in the UK, and a significant supplier of energy to the UK’s electricity industry.
In 2012 it mined approximately 15% of the total amount of coal burned in the UK, which is equivalent to the energy needed to provide around 3% of the country’s electricity requirements.
Around 80% of this production is from deep mines.
Unfortunately, in the course of these deep mining operations some surface subsidence will occur.
If your home, property or land suffers from the effects of coal mining subsidence, you have the right to make a claim under the provisions of the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991 (as amended and averred by the Coal Industry Act 1994).
If you suspect you have subsidence damage, you should download a Damage Notice and you may also find it useful to view A Guide to Claimants’ Rights. The completed Damage Notice can be e-mailed or posted to the address shown below in order to formally establish a claim.
In the vast majority of cases, you can easily resolve your own claim directly with UK Coal.
UK Coal has its own in-house team that will administer your claim. On receipt of your completed Damage Notice, they will make an appointment to visit and inspect your property. In the majority of cases, this initial visit will take place within four to six weeks following receipt of your claim.
Each claim will be dealt with by a specific surveyor who will be your sole point of contact through to the resolution of your claim. This will result in a simplified procedure from your point of view.
UK Coal is committed to being open, responsive and will deal with all damage claims in a fair, reasonable and efficient manner.
In some instances, where a claim is of a complex or specialist nature, a claimant may wish to seek professional advice. In such circumstances, UK Coal will reimburse the reasonable costs incurred by a claimant in pursuit of a successful claim, as outlined in Section 38 of the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991, in accordance with established fee scales.