Military veterans deserve fairer asbestos payouts – PM told

16th February 2016

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Kirsten Oswald has stated that the current compensation deal for military veterans suffering with asbestos-related illnesses is not fair and must be changed.

In 2015, the UK government decided to allow veterans diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease to claim compensation, but only if they were diagnosed after December 16, 2015. When they were exposed to the material isn’t taken into account, reports

Ms Oswald, Armed Forces and Veterans spokeswoman, said in her letter that the compensation deal should be offered to everyone.

“We request that all qualifying veterans be treated equally, regardless of the date of their diagnosis with mesothelioma, as is morally required under the Armed Forces Covenant,” she noted. “We also request that the acquisition of equal treatment for both veterans and their widows/families be pursued by ministers with all due haste, because people are dying.”

The British Legion also believes that veterans who have already been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases should receive compensation in April, when the new rules come into force. In a statement, it said: “The Legion has informed officials of our disappointment and has suggested that those veterans livings with mesothelioma today should be included in the changes.”

Veterans who currently qualify for compensation will have the choice of receiving a £140,000 lump sum or a traditional war pension.