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Vaccine Damage

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2005, Official Report, column 1042W, on vaccine damage, how much each of the payments to victims of vaccine damage was; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

£10,000 was originally paid to each of the 75 victims of vaccine damage under the extra statutory scheme that preceded the 1979 Vaccine Damage Payment Act. In June 2000 it was decided that top-up payments would be made to past recipients of vaccine damage payments to bring the value of their payment up to the equivalent of what it would have been if they had originally received £100,000 ie £78,000 in real terms. Subsequently a payment of £68,000 was made to all the 75 claimants, bringing the total amount of each payment to £78,000.

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