Industrial disease claims made due to asbestos-related illnesses are set to become increasingly tough to launch following a new government decision, it has been claimed.
According to Jim Kennedy - political officer at the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), a representative body with more than 120,000 members - the administration has ditched plans to create a compensation fund worth up to £400 million, the Northern Echo reports.
Mr Kennedy claims that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance has shelved proposals to establish a "fund of last resort" for claimants seeking compensation but who cannot trace their former employer.
"The government is betraying people with mesothelioma ... ministers won't formally say that this scheme has bitten the dust, but we are confident it has," he told the news source.
However, an official from the Department for Work and Pensions insisted that no final decision had been made on this policy area.
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Posted by Francesca Witney