Veterans: Mesothelioma

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to offer support to veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma receive considerable support. The Ministry of Defence is committed to ensuring that all veterans and their families are provided with the support they need, and are treated fairly. Veterans UK, provides a package of welfare support for veterans through a free helpline, website and a national Veterans Welfare Service. Veterans UK also administer compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service.

The existing War Pensions Scheme provides compensation for veterans and their dependants. It is a generous scheme with a low burden of proof, under which mesothelioma sufferers receive the maximum award, with dependants benefits.

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