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Asbestos: Compensation

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the equalisation of payments made to people with asbestos-related diseases and their dependants under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made on the equalisation of payments under the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme to people suffering from asbestos-related diseases and their dependents.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The 1979 Act and 2008 Act schemes were designed to pay those who suffer from eligible diseases at a higher rate than is paid to their dependents. It is right that available funding is prioritised where it is needed most, that is to people living with these diseases.

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