25 March 2014
Forum challenges Government response to consultation Reforming mesothelioma claims
The Government response to the consultation Reforming mesothelioma claims, 6 March 2014,confirmed the ministerial announcement, 4 December 2012, that it intended to bring into force the requirement to pay legal costs in mesothelioma claims. The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK which has applied for a judicial review of this decision sent amended arguments (grounds) to the government on 25 March rebutting the Government's response to the consultation justifying removal of the mesothelioma exception.
To read the Government response to the consultation please click here...
To read a précis of the Forum grounds challenging the decision please click here...
To read the Forum amended grounds challenging the decision please click here...
3 March 2014
The Health and Safety Executive plans to develop an asbestos behaviour change campaign in 2014.
The Health and Safety Executive have conducted research to identify key issues for an asbestos campaign in 2014. The campaign will utilise regional radio, building on the success of the Hidden Killer Campaign, and will aim to distribute asbestos information kits.
To see the HSE commissioned research click here ....
19 February 2014
New survey launches to help identify mesothelioma treatment uncertainties
An important survey has launched today that will help to inform future research into mesothelioma diagnosis, treatments and care. Click here to read it...
The Mesothelioma Bill was given royal assent on the 30 January 2014
The Mesothelioma Bill is now an Act of Parliament: The Mesothelioma Act 2014. Asbestos victims support groups welcome the new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme which will come into operation in July 2014, but will continue to campaign for improvements to the payment scheme and for payments to sufferers of asbestos diseases other than mesothelioma.
21 January 2014
Lord Alton introduces the Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill for mesothelioma research
Lord Alton has introduced a Private Members's Bill in the House of Lords to amend the Mesothelioma Bill to provide for the levy on insurers to include a research supplement.
To see the Bill please click here
8 January 2014
Stalwart Asbestos Victims’ Champion Paul Goggins MP has died
Paul Goggins MP speaking at Action Mesothelioma Day Manchester
The Asbestos Victims Support Groups across the UK are deeply saddened by the news that Paul Goggins MP has died. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Tony Whitston, Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum pays tribute to Paul Goggins.
“Paul was a true champion of asbestos victims whose plight he sympathised with, but along with a dedicated group of MPs and Peers, was also determined to do something about. As his Parliamentary colleagues will know better than anyone else, Paul was able to work across the parliamentary divide. He shepherded Lord Alton’s amendment to exempt asbestos victims from paying legal costs through the House of Commons, with strong support from the Conservative Tracey Crouch MP, eventually winning an exemption for mesothelioma sufferers. Paul was due to speak to several key amendments to the Mesothelioma Bill in the House of Commons yesterday, where many MPs paid tribute to his work on behalf of asbestos victims, still hoping for his full recovery. Sadly, his colleagues have now lost the most decent of Parliamentarians, we have lost a true friend and we send our heartfelt sympathy to Paul’s family and close friends for their incalculable loss.”