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Financial support

There are a variety of government benefits to improve the quality of life for those suffering from asbestos related diseases. There are benefits to replace basic earnings, benefits to help compensate for any pain and suffering experienced, benefits to assist with mobility difficulties and benefits to assist with your care should this be necessary.

The benefits system is very complicated and can be extremely difficult to access. The rules are changing all the time and rates of benefits varies widely depending on a number of circumstances such as your age, disability/illness and any savings or income you may have. Please note, not all benefits are affected by all factors.

These are some of the benefits you or your family may be entitled to:

If you are incapable of work

  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you have a physical and/or mental disability

  • Attendance Allowance (AA)

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

If you are a carer

  • Carers Allowance


  • Road Tax

  • Blue Badge

  • Travel Card

Other benefits

  • Income Support

  • Jobseekers Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Social Fund

  • Scottish Welfare Fund

  • Tax Credits

  • Universal Credit


  • Council Tax Reduction

  • Council Tax Exemption

  • Disabled Person’s Reduction

  • Housing Benefits

  • Mortgage Costs

For help in finding out which benefits are applicable and available to you, please call our support officers or fill in the form below and we will be happy to assist you to fill out the necessary forms.

Asbestos Related Diseases

Pleural plaques

Scarring of the outer lining of the lung.


A chronic lung disease which causes scarring of lung tissue.

Pleural thickening

Lung disease where extensive scarring thickens the pleura.


Asbestos related cancer affecting the linings of the lungs or abdomen.

Lung cancer

Cancer of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure.


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