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Continuing Delays with the Workers Compensation Scheme

4 December 2020

Justin Tomlinson, the Minister for Disabled People, Health & Work has confirmed that, in cases where the applicant has pleural thickening or asbestosis, the Department of Work and Pensions has now resumed their assessment of applications for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. These had been frozen because of Corona Virus. There are still unanswered questions Mr…

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#ACTIONMESO

30 November 2020

Watch this short video to find out about the launch of Action Mesothelioma Day 2021 .

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Long awaited good news from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

27 November 2020

After a long wait we have had some good news from the DWP. The delays in processing claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) when a medical assessment is required are coming to an end! Procedures are now in place to assess IIDB claims for those diagnosed with Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening. Thank you DWP!…

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How your gender affects your experience of mesothelioma

26 November 2020

Working with Sheffield Univeristy and HASAG Asbestos Disease Support, the asbestos support group for London and the South-east, the charity Mesothelioma UK has published a new study of the ways your gender can affect your experience of mesothelioma. Differences in the work people have done Mesothelioma is often  diagnosed after a person has retired, and…

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Wolverhampton Company Tests a Way of Rendering Some Asbestos Harmless

26 November 2020

Thermal Recycling in Wolverhampton received an Innovate UK ‘Smart Grant’ to develop a new method for turning asbestos roof sheets into a compound that can be safely used as aggregate for road building. The process involves ‘denaturing’ the asbestos. They have tested the kiln 200 times and hope to go into full production next year.…

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People waiting for benefits and compensation start to see their claims being processed again

20 November 2020

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum understands that – following its campaign to get claims processed again – claims for Industrial Injuries Diabalement Benefit which relate to asbestosis and pleural thickening have started to be processed again. This follows a delay of more than eight months since the onset of Covid-19.  Two cases in our…

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Immunotherapy treatment for mesothelioma has been made more widely available until March 2021 because of Covid-19

20 November 2020

The type of treatment for someone suffering from mesothelioma will depend on the type of mesothelioma, on the stage of the mesothelioma, their general health and fitness and their personal preferences. There is more than one type of treatment. Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that helps the immune system to fight the mesothelioma and…

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More Places Available Now For “Asbestos: Real and Present Danger”

11 November 2020

Please note that on Friday 27 November we have organised a webinar for Trade Union health and safety reps to draw attention to the ‘Real and Present Danger’ from asbestos in the contemporary workplace. Originally there were 80 places and these have already been taken, but we have just found a way to expand the…

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The dangers from asbestos in our schools

5 November 2020

There has been a lot of concern recently about the risks to teachers and pupils from Covid-19. Another danger facing them comes from asbestos in our schools. Since 2001 more than 90 teaching staff from schools have died of mesothelioma The Office for National Statistics reports that 91 British teachers and classroom assistants died of…

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Asbestos is still making people seriously ill

3 November 2020

A new study of 4,000 mesothelioma cases in Canada, stretching back over 25 years, has found that occupational exposure to asbestos is gradually reduceing but the number of cases arising from exposure outside the workplace is on the increase. This is probably because of better detectionof what were previously undiagnosed cases. It highlights the continuing…

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