Sheffield lawyers urge changes to asbestos Bill

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Lawyers in Sheffield are urging MPs to make changes to a Bill affecting payouts for sufferers of asbestos-related cancer which goes before Parliament today.

The Mesothelioma Bill is undergoing its final revision process, and is being debated in the House of Commons.

However, lawyers from Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell say amendments need to be made as, under a new scheme, only victims themselves would be entitled to money.

Adrian Budgen, from the firm, said: “It takes decades from the initial exposure to asbestos for symptoms of a related illness to appear, but once they do the consequences are devastating for those families affected.”