Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has welcomed the decision to award compensation to the next-of-kin of pleural plaques sufferers who died after submitting compensation applications.

Mr. Jones said, “I am pleased that the government have taken the decision to pay compensation to the families of asbestos victims.

“However I would strongly advise families pursuing claims to avoid unscrupulous claims handling firms seeking to profit from these claims. Anyone in need of advice on this matter should contact a reputable solicitor, or contact their MP or the TUC, who will be able to point them in the right direction.”

The Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group can be contacted on 0191 263 5029, or by email at [email protected]