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Industrial Diseases: Social Security Benefits

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to people with (a) hand arm vibration syndrome, (b) noise-induced hearing loss and (c) other work-related diseases through (i) industrial injuries disablement benefit for disease and deafness and (ii) other disability benefits in each of the last three years; and how much of that money has been recovered by the Government in accordance with the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997. (287749)

The available information on the monies paid through industrial injuries disablement benefit is in the table.

Payments through industrial injuries disablement benefit in 2006-07

Injury

Amount paid (£ million)

Hand arm vibration syndrome

22

Noise-induced hearing loss

37

Other work-related diseases

103

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest million.

2. Industrial injuries disablement benefit expenditure on particular diseases is estimated using annual statistical data. Latest finalised annual statistical data are for 2006-07. Figures for the next two years are not yet available.

Source:

DWP statistical and accounting data.

Information on payments of other disability benefits is not available broken down by the disease categories requested.

The amounts recovered in each of the last three years by the Government in accordance with the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 covering industrial injuries disablement benefit and other disability benefits are detailed as follows:

Recoveries of monies paid through industrial injuries disablement benefit

£000

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Hand arm vibration syndrome

1,727

1,857

1,306

Noise-induced hearing loss

42

24

36

Other work-related diseases

6,931

8,562

9,830

Recoveries of monies paid through other disability benefits

£000

Disease

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Hand arm vibration syndrome

15,956

22,580

11,413

Noise-induced hearing loss

16

19

0

Other work-related diseases

6,716

7,438

14,223

Note:

Information is rounded to the nearest thousand pounds.

Source:

DWP accounting data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to people with (a) mesothelioma, (b) asbestosis, (c) bilateral pleural thickening and (d) other prescribed asbestos diseases (i) under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979, (ii) through industrial injuries disablement benefit for disease and deafness, (iii) under Part 4 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 and (iv) through other disability benefits in each of the last three years; and how much of that money has been recovered by the Government in accordance with the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997. (287750)

Information on payments to people under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 is only available for all work-related diseases covered by the scheme, not individual diseases. The available information is in the table.

Financial year

Payments (£ million)

2006-07

26

2007-08

27

2008-09

32

Note:

Figures rounded to the nearest £ million

Source:

DWP statistical and accounting data

The available information on monies paid through Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is in the following table. Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit expenditure on particular diseases is estimated using annual statistical data. The latest finalised annual statistical data are for 2006-07.

Payment through Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in 2006-07

£ million

(a)

Mesothelioma

10

(b)

Asbestosis

1

(c)

Bilateral pleural thickening

9

(d)

Other prescribed asbestos diseases

23

1 Less than £1 million.

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest £ million except where stated.

2. The estimate for (b) is for primary carcinoma of the lung with accompanying evidence of one or both (A) asbestosis (B) unilateral or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening.

3. The estimate for (c) is for unilateral or bilateral diffuse pleural thickening.

4. The estimate for (d) is for pneumoconiosis, which is prescribed for occupations involving working with asbestos and a number of other occupations.

Source:

DWP statistical and accounting data

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 made provision for the new 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma scheme (known as the 2008 scheme) which enables lump sum payments to be made to people who suffer from diffuse mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos in the UK, and who do not currently qualify for help from the Government. This scheme has only been running since October 2008. Information is only available for all work-related diseases, not individual diseases. The expenditure up to March 2009 is £5.5 million.

Note:

This excludes Northern Ireland payments made under this scheme.

Source:

DWP statistical and accounting data.

Information on payments of other disability benefits is not available broken down by the disease categories requested.

The amounts of money recovered in each of the last three years under the categories requested are set out in the following tables:

Recoveries of Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 Lump Sum payments—October 2008 to March 2009

Disease

£000

Mesothelioma

4,465

Asbestosis

411

Bilateral Pleural Thickening

42

Other prescribed asbestos diseases

247

Recoveries of Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit payments

£000

Disease

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Mesothelioma

3,024

3,944

5,306

Asbestosis

1,072

1,031

1,287

Bilateral Pleural Thickening

179

207

276

Other prescribed asbestos diseases

4,425

5,262

4,303

Recoveries of Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 Lump Sum payments—October 2008 to March 2009

Disease

£000

Mesothelioma

165

Recoveries of payments through Other Disability Benefits

£000

Disease

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Mesothelioma

2,089

2,644

7,989

Asbestosis

556

418

976

Bilateral Pleural Thickening

70

276

134

Other prescribed asbestos diseases

19,972

26,699

16,537

Notes:

1. Information is rounded to the nearest thousand pounds.

2. Any lump sums paid under the 1979 Act or the 2008 scheme are recoverable under the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997. The lump sum payments are recoverable from all cases where the compensation is paid on or after 1 October 2008. Prior to that date data were not separately captured on these cases.

3. For Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 ‘Other prescribed asbestos diseases’ include Cancer, Pleural Plaques and Non-Coded diseases.

4. For Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and Other Disability Benefits ‘Other prescribed asbestos diseases’ include Cancer, Pleural Plaques and Other Work Related Diseases.

Source:

DWP accounting data