Monthly Archives: July 2015

Stop Playing With Cancer!

Asbestos victims support groups, trade unions and UK campaigning bodies are urging local authorities, government agencies and market surveillance bodies to prioritize the threat posed by the possible asbestos contamination of UK imports.

An exposé in the United States earlier this month documented the presence of various types of asbestos fibres in crayons and toy fingerprinting kits imported from China.

Action Mesothelioma Day 2015

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Over 200 people – mesothelioma sufferers, family members, trade unionists and campaigners – gathered in Lincoln Square in Manchester on Friday 3rd July to commemorate all those who have lost their lives to the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Just this week the latest Government figures showed there were 7 new cases of mesothelioma being diagnosed every day.

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Government gives way again over court costs in face of asbestos victims’ legal challenge

The Asbestos Victims Support Group’s Forum brought a judicial review challenge to the Government’s enhanced court costs which means that most mesothelioma sufferers will have to pay an average £7,500, and up to £10,000, to bring a claim for compensation.

Claimants can receive remission from paying court costs if they are on a low income and they do not have more than £16,000 in capital. Since most mesothelioma sufferers are paid approximately £16,000 in statutory compensation they would not be eligible for remission of court fees.

The Government have accepted that this was wrong and are amending the remission fee order so that statutory payments are not treated as capital. This change is effective from 3 July 2015.