A Government decision to cut cash for a compensation scheme for victims of an asbestos-related disease has been slammed as ‘a slap in the face’.
The amount of money that insurers must provide to support the Department for Work and Pensions’ compensation scheme for mesothelioma sufferers has been cut from three per cent to 2.2 per cent.
The money is taken in a levy and funds the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme, designed to help victims of the asbestos-related illness who are unabel to trace an employer or their insurer.
Lawyers at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield are calling on the Government to reverse the decision and use surplus funds to increase compensation available.
Irwin Mithcell’s Adrian Budgen said: “While the scheme has been providing vital support to victims of this terrible disease, it has always been a flawed system – primarily due to the fact applicants are only eligible to receive 80 per cent of the average settlement.
“As a result, news of this secret cut in the levy is yet another slap in the face for victims, with the Government once again missing the opportunity to put the interests of mesothelioma sufferers – people who have already paid the ultimate price yet only get partial compensation – before anything else.”