State members in Guernsey have finally given the go-ahead for a compensation scheme for people with asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.

Scheme to start in 2021

The scheme was approved as long ago as November 2019 and was due to be rolled out next year. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a motion was put forward to delay starting the scheme. This was widely criticised and Deputy Matt Fallaize, who led the campaign for the scheme, described the further proposed delay as “unnecessary, destructive and cruel”.

Scheme to cost £100,000 a year

The scheme is estimated to cost Guernsey around £100,000 a year but a motion was made to put the scheme on hold so that is could be considered ‘in context with other funding priorities in the post-Covid era’.

Motion to delay squashed

A sursis motion to delay debate on the scheme was put forward by Deputy Gavin St Pier and Deputy Jane Stephens. Thankfully, this was lost by five votes to 33. The motion was criticised by Deputy Peter Ferbrache as “the worst and most insensitive sursis that has ever been brought and discredits anyone who votes for it.”

There is currently no detailed information available about the scheme, however it is encouraging to see people fighting for those with mesothelioma and not allowing them to be forgotten.

If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.

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