People making compensation claims for asbestos-related illness will benefit from the new proposals announced by the government last week.
The government’s pledge to increase help to those suffering from mesothelioma has been backed by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
This pledge means that those who have developed the disease from exposure to asbestos outside of the workplace are entitled to receive the same compensation payment as those exposed at work.
As well as increasing payment amounts, the government also plans to improve the time it takes for claims to be processed. Currently it takes up to two years for compensation claims to be paid out. Last year alone over GBP 100 million was paid out to people suffering wit mesothelioma.
In addition, the ABI has announced it intends to give the government GBP 3 million to help fund planned new research into asbestos-related illnesses.
Nick Starling, director of general insurance and health for ABI said: "We are pleased that the government is setting up a working group to review the system, and hope that it will deliver real results."