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Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI)

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum has supported the production of the All-Party pamphlet calling for an insurance fund of last resort to pay compensation to asbestos victims where the negligent employer is no longer trading and the employer’s liability insurance cannot be traced.

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30 January

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.


25 July 2012
Lord Freud announces new scheme for untraced insurance
Today, Lord Freud, Minister DWP, announced a scheme to pay compensation to mesothelioma sufferers who cannot trace their insurers. The scheme will be effective from today but will take about two years for payments to be made. We welcome this first move on untraced insurance but we are bitterley disappointed that the scheme doesn't cover 50% of asbestos victims who are excluded. We are pressing Lord Freud to include all asbestos victims.
To see the Forum press release click here...

Government to set up an Insurance Fund of Last Resort

10th February, 2010
The government has announced a consultation on setting up a fund of last resort for injured workers who cannot trace their employers' liability insurers. This consultation is immensley important. It does not ask whether there should be such a Fund, it asks how such a Fund should be best set up. The Forum, and all asbestos victims, wholeheartedly welcome this landmark decision to consult on the implementation of a fund of last resort.

For the Forum Press Release: click here

For the DWP Press Release: click here

Minister slams "Unacceptable" Tracing Scheme and signals an Employers' Liability Insurance Bureau

November 2009
In his ministerial forward to the 2008 report on the employers' liability insurance Tracing Scheme Lord McKenzie has slammed the performance of the scheme as unacceptable. He has said that he is considering an Employers' Liability Insurance Bureau, an insurance fund of last resort, to ensure that compensation is paid where insurers cannot trace insurance policies.

To read the report go to: www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/elcop-review-2008

For our Press Release: click here .

For the Independent on Sunday report: click here

To see Independent on Sunday Letters special: click here

An open letter to the Association of British Insurers

9th June, 2009.
In a protest by asbestos victims an open letter view was handed to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) at their conference condemning insurers' refusal to honour their liability to pay compensation to dying asbestos victims and in support of the All Party Parliamentary Group demand for an insurance of last resort view .
For a press release go to view

ABI Protest

Government U-turn on employers' liability insurance hits asbestos victims

March 2009
The government has laid an order before Parliament to revoke the requirement, introduced 9 years ago, to require employers to retain employers' liability insurance (EL Insurance) policies for 40 years.
The 40-year rule was introduced because hundreds of asbestos victims each year do not get compensation because they cannot trace the insurers of employers who have ceased trading. It is imperative that government establishes a central electronic database for the compulsory recording of all employers' liability insurance policies.

We call on the government to establish an Employers Liability Insurance Bureau to provide insurance of last resort as is provided to motor accident victims under the Motor Insurers Bureau. We see no reason why asbestos victims should be treated less favourably than motor accident victims.
Please see the Forum Statement . . . .
Press release 1
Press release 2

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