Standing up for mestothelioma sufferers

Mesothelioma vigil1For decades mesothelioma victims and their families have been denied access to the compensation they deserve.

Labour MPs and Peers fought hard for the Mesothelioma Bill on its passage through Parliament, which become an Act of Parliament this year.

The Mesothelioma Act 2014 provides the legislative framework for a UK-wide Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with the disease who are unable to trace and bring a claim for damages against their employer or their Employer’s Liability insurer.

While I welcome the legislation,  I am concerned that mesothelioma sufferers might again be stripped of the compensation they deserve. That is why I asked the following question to the Lord Chancellor this week.

“Is it not time that the lord chancellor honoured the promise he made in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and stopped treating mesothelioma sufferers in this contemptible way?”

The has Government refused to rule out appealing the recent judicial review on compensation claim costs.  Read a report of the Government’s obfuscation here.

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