A bid make changes to the Mesothelioma Bill including an increase in compensation for Mesothelioma sufferers failed in the Commons this week.
A small number of Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs voted with Labour and protested over weaknesses in the Mesothelioma Bill but they failed in attempts to:
- Boost payouts to 80 per cent of the average compensation levels for asbestos – rather than 75 per cent, the deal struck with insurance companies.
- Give compensation to sufferers diagnosed after February 2010 – rather than merely those struck down after July 2012
- Extend a levy on the insurance industry to pay for research into the deadly disease and its causes.