Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Asbestosis and Diffuse Pleural Thickening

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many assessments for industrial injuries disabled benefits have been suspended due to the covid-19 outbreak in respect of (a) asbestosis and (b) diffuse pleural thickening.

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

The number of Pneumoconiosis including Asbestosis and Silicosis category cases that are currently awaiting a medical assessment is 865 (we are unable to break this figure down to just asbestosis claims).

The number of Diffuse Pleural Thickening category cases that are currently awaiting a medical assessment is 347.

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