Campaigners in the UK have been angered by a recent decision by the British government relating to victims of pleural plaques, which is a condition that can be caused by exposure to asbestos dust and fibers. The government has decided not to overturn a decision to block payouts to victims who suffer from this condition.

Law lords have decided that sufferers of pleural plaques will not receive any compensation unless the condition worsens and becomes more serious, such as the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma. Instead of compensation sufferers of this condition will receive a £5000 payout, which will come from taxpayers’ money.

One campaign group official said: “Prior to last year’s Lords decision, awards had been quite limited in scale but proved an effective way for victims to safeguard future claims if they went on to develop more serious conditions such as mesothelioma. If this happened, they could revive the claim and recover additional compensation quite swiftly.”

An official from the Ministry of Justice said: “We recognise the sense of grievance felt by pleural plaques campaigners as a result of the Law Lords judgement in 2007, and we are actively considering the most appropriate way to respond.”

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