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ABI supports Government initiatives to help those with asbestosrelated diseases

The ABI has welcomed today's announcement by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw of a package of measures to help people with asbestos-related diseases. 


Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said:


"Insurers remain determined to ensure that all those entitled to compensation receive it. We commend the Government's efforts to increase help to those suffering from mesothelioma. Last year alone insurers paid out over £100million to mesothelioma sufferers, but it is unacceptable that it takes up to two years for these claims to work through the compensation system. We are pleased that the Government is setting up a working group to review the system, and hope that it will deliver real results.   


"Insurers also support the Government's aim to provide more research into asbestos-related diseases, and will be contributing £3million to help them to fund that research.


"And, as part of the Government consultation on providing more help to those with asbestos-related diseases, we are driving forward work on an Employers' Liability Tracing Office."   


Commenting on the Government's decision not to reverse the House of Lords judgment on pleural plaques, Nick Starling added:


"The Government's decision not to reverse the House of Lords ruling is the right one. The House of Lords judgement reflects medical evidence that plaques are symptomless, have no impact on health, and do not develop into asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma. It also upholds the fundamental legal principle that compensation is payable when someone suffers symptoms following negligence, but not for exposure to a risk alone."  


Last updated 01/07/2016