Campaigning

As well as the advice we offer to individuals, and the support groups we help to run, GMAVSG campaigns on issues affecting asbestos victims and their families.

Most of our campaigning work is done in co-operation with other asbestos victims support groups, through the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK.

Action Mesothelioma Day

Every year, on the first Friday in July, asbestos victims hold events across the country to commemorate all those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer caused by asbestos.

At Action Mesothelioma Day events, we raise money for medical research, and campaign around issues that affect asbestos victims and their families. The events are attended by patients, family members, campaigners, trade unionists and MPs.

In 2016, we raised over £12,000 for medical research.

For the latest news on Action Mesothelioma Day, please click here.

Asbestos Victims Charter for Justice

In 2015, asbestos victims support groups agreed the Asbestos Victims Charter for Justice.

The Charter sets out changes which would help asbestos victims now, and stop others from getting asbestos diseases in the future. These changes are fundamentally achievable.

We are proud to support the Asbestos Victims Charter for Justice. We hope you can support it too.

For the latest new on the Charter, please click here.

Preventing future tragedies

We believe the public should be made aware of the dangers of asbestos at work, at home, and in public places.

We believe that more should be done to prosecute those who are not complying with the law on how asbestos in buildings should be managed.

We believe the government should identify, and ultimately remove, asbestos from our country’s schools.

For the latest news on these issues, please click here.

A fairer compensation system

We believe compensation claims settled when the sufferer is alive should be treated in the same way as claims that are settled after death.

Compensation claims for asbestos-related lung cancer should be treated in the same way as claims for mesothelioma.

We believe that the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS) should be funded in a more sustainable way. Ultimately, the DMPS should be extended to help people with other asbestos-related diseases as well.

For the latest news on compensation, please click here.

Properly funded medical research

We want a sustainable source of funding to be put into place for research into the treatment of asbestos-related diseases.

For the latest news on medical research, please click here.

Welfare justice

Asbestos victims awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit should not have their existing benefits cut.

Asbestos victims can often claim a one-off payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 or the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme. However, if they do not claim before they die, their surviving partners or children will get a much smaller payment. We believe this is wrong.

Those who are awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer should be automatically awarded Constant Attendance Allowance at the intermediate rate.

For the latest news on welfare and benefits, please click here.

Decent medical treatment

Asbestos victims should get the best treatment possible, no matter where they live.

Every area of the UK should have a specialist mesothelioma nurse.

For the latest news on medical treatment, please click here.

International solidarity

Though there is a ban on asbestos in the UK, this is not the case in many other countries, particularly in the developing world. Countries that have banned asbestos are still dealing with the horrific legacy of asbestos industry. Asbestos is a global issue. We stand in solidarity with asbestos victims worldwide.

For the latest news on this issue, please click here.