Petition for dedicated research funding for asbestos diseases

On Tuesday the House of Commons had their third and final reading of the Mesothelioma Bill. I will be doing a longer post on it when the Regulations that show how the compensation scheme will run are published. Just to say, the Government managed to block all attempts at amending the Bill, so the level of compensation stayed at just 75% of the average civil claim. Also, an amendment put forward by Tracey Crouch and Paul Goggins that would have provided a small levy on the insurance industry that would have cost no more than £ 4 million and would have funded dedicated research into asbestos diseases, was also rejected.

Following Paul Goggins sad death the same evening, I have started a petition on the government website calling for government funding to be provided for research into asbestos diseases. I would be grateful to anyone who is able to sign it. If 100,000 signatures are obtained then it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons. The petition can be found at:




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