The Legion’s campaigns team are pleased to inform you that, following a Government announcement on 16th December 2015, legislation will be amended in April 2016 to enable all veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma as a result of Service the choice between receiving a traditional War Pension or £140,000 in lump sum compensation, regardless of age at diagnosis.
By taking the time to contact your MP about this issue, you have played a hugely important role in persuading the Government to compensate veterans fairly for their suffering. Thank you so much for your support; the new changes really will make a difference for the families of thousands of veterans diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Whilst we obviously welcome the Government’s recent announcement, we do remain disappointed that the change will only benefit those veterans who apply for compensation after 16th December, and not the small number of veterans already diagnosed with the disease. The Legion has informed officials of our disappointment and has suggested that those veterans living with Mesothelioma today should be included in the changes. We are pleased that the Government has indicated that it will review this matter, and we will continue to monitor developments closely.
Thank you once again for your support, without which we simply could not have demonstrated the breadth of opposition to the previous, unfair arrangement.