The Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group (ASCG) helped secure £2.7 million in payouts for some 170 victims and families in 2015, it has announced.
This year’s figure is more than £965,000 higher than that of 2014. Beth Farhat, Northern TUC regional secretary, said the results shows that groups like the ASCG are much-needed by asbestos victims.
“Unfortunately, the legacy of asbestos is going to be with us for some time to come so it is imperative that there is free access to good quality, easily accessible support and guidance for those who need it,” she noted.
“We are also looking to develop this area of work further and widen the scope of the group to help even more people – taking the service directly into workplaces, briefing and training union reps.”
ASCG helps anyone with asbestos-related diseases and is a partnership between Northern TUC, trade unions, Macmillan Cancer Support and West View Resource and Advice Centre, reports chroniclelive.co.uk.
It is estimated that at least 8,000 people die from work-related cancers each year in the UK – more than half of these deaths can be attributed to exposure to asbestos. Diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis can take years to develop, which is why so many people are only being diagnosed now.