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The Government has announced a new support scheme for newly diagnosed victims of mesothelioma. The new scheme will allow around 3,000 mesothelioma victims across the UK who are unable to claim compensation because they cannot trace a liable employer or employers' liability insurer to receive approximately £300m in payments in the first 10 years.
Although the majority of people are able to claim compensation through the employers' liability insurance held by their employer, more than 300 mesothelioma sufferers a year currently lose out on compensation because they are unable to trace a liable employer or employers' liability insurer. The new scheme will be funded by insurers. Membership of the Employers' Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) - which runs an electronic database of employers' liability policies - will become compulsory for all employers' liability insurers, including companies who have provided employers' liability insurance in the past to ensure that where there is a liable insurer, they will pay the claim.
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