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Asbestos claim news – Government mesothelioma compensation scheme

22nd August 2012

People have been campaigning for asbestos compensation for the sufferers affected by this problem for years.

The government has finally launched a scheme which will see victims of mesothelioma gain the payments they deserve, yet many are disappointed with what has now been announced.

The scheme will not come in force until 2014, and it will only compensate mesothelioma sufferers who have been diagnosed from the 25th July 2012 onwards.

This means that many people will die before they are able to receive the money which could make their last few months more comfortable.

Furthermore, people diagnosed before the 25th July, or those who have one of the many other types of asbestos-related diseases, will not gain anything from the scheme.

An asbestos compensation solicitor states, “It’s a classic case of producing something so they [the government] can tick a box and say they have done something about it.”

Tony Whitston, chairman of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum, adds, “It would cost less than 20% more to provide cover for all asbestos victims.”

Reportedly, the Department for Work and Pensions hopes that at some point the factors of eligibility for the scheme will be extended to include sufferers of other industrial diseases caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.

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