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.”
19 December 2013
Forum Judicial Review challenging S 48 Review
The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum has challenged the legality of the review of the mesothelioma exemption from legal costs by way of Judicial Review.
To see the Judicial Review letter to Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, click here
7 December 2014
Government refuses any concessions on Mesothelioma Bill
Despite a determined campaign by asbestos victims groups, trade unions, solicitors and some sympathetic Coalition MPs, led by the Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, the Government resolutely refused the smallest concession in the debate on amendments to the Mesothelioma Bill on 7 January. Asbestos victims support groups throughout the UK would like to especially thank the hundreds of mesothelioma sufferers and their families who wrote to their MPs, often with heart rending messages, calling for changes to the Bill. The passionate arguments from MPs dedicated to justice for asbestos victims during the debate, led by Kate Green MP for the opposition, were compelling. It is a great discredit to the majority of MPs who, expressing sympathy for mesothelioma sufferers, voted against amendments to improve this Bill which gives so much to the insurance industry and so little to asbestos victims. The fight to redress the balance in favour of mesothelioma sufferers and for all asbestos victims will continue despite this Government's intransigence.
To read the debate click here...
4 December 2013
The Government announced in a ministerial statement on the 4 December that it has abandoned the controversial reforms to the mesothelioma claims process: a mesothelioma pre-action protocol and fixed costs. The Government will consider other improvements to the claims process involving stakeholders. Asbestos victims support groups have welcomed this sensible decision to abandon the consultation reforms which were written by the Association of British Insurers in their interests and contrary to the interests of asbestos victims
But, asbestos victims and their supporters condemn the Government's decision to cite the Mesothelioma Bill as one of the grounds for imposing legal costs on mesothelioma sufferers in the consultation/review required under Section 48 LASPO Act 2012. The Government's subsequent ministerial statement compounds the irrationality of the decision to cite the Mesothelioma Bill in the review.
On Monday 2nd December MPs will participate in the Second Reading of the Mesothelioma Bill. This is the first opportunity for MPs to discuss the Bill and to express their views on how the Bill might be improved. Hundreds of mesothelioma victims have contacted their MPs to call for changes to the Bill.