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Industrial Diseases: Compensation

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former miners have submitted claims for industrial injuries benefit for osteoarthritis of the knee to date; how many such claims have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected; and how many appeals against the rejection of a claim have been made. (307553)

Since the addition of osteoarthritis of the knee to the list of prescribed industrial diseases on 13 July 2009, 30,262 claims have been received.

10,396 have been processed, of which, 3,837 have received an award of, or an increase of, industrial injuries disablement benefit.

The total number of all appeals received is 1,330.

This information is based on an informal count by the Jobcentre Plus offices dealing with industrial injuries disablement benefit. We are looking into arrangements to publish this information as official statistics.