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Government funding awarded to Mesothelioma UK to support Military Personnel and Veterans


PRESS RELEASE - 23 NOVEMBER 2016

The Government has awarded £379,000 funding to Mesothelioma UK to establish a specialist military information, advice and support service. 

The funding comes from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate (the London inter-bank lending rate). Proceeds from LIBOR fines are to be used to support good causes, in particular military and emergency services charities. 

Mesothelioma UK will use the funding to set up a specialist, UK-wide service for military personnel and veterans who have been affected by mesothelioma. 

The industrial nature of mesothelioma means patients and their carers often have complex benefit and compensation claims to process. The process is even more complex for military personnel as the law protects the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from being sued for compensation for illness or injury caused before 1987. 

Mesothelioma UK’s new service will provide a specialist nurse and a finance and benefits advisor who will deal specifically with military personnel and veterans. It will also raise awareness of the disease and available support amongst military personnel and veterans. 

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Director of Services and Consultant Nurse, commented: “We’re delighted to receive this funding. We felt it was important to help military personnel and veterans with mesothelioma as their compensation process is uniquely complex and needs specialist advice and support.   

“This money will help us to establish a comprehensive service of information, advice and support – all focused specifically on military personnel, both serving and retired. We will work with military charities, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to support military personnel and their families.” 

About LIBOR grants:
The Government has committed £102 million of banking fines over the next four years to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes. A list of organisations receiving a LIBOR grant is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/libor-funding-applications/use-of-banking-fines 

About Mesothelioma UK:

Mesothelioma UK is a national resource centre dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support and improved care and treatment for all UK mesothelioma patients, their carers and health care professionals. The centre promotes the development of Specialist Mesothelioma Nursing practice and funds 12 specialist nursing posts around the UK.  

Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust is based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Our services are free of charge and we rely entirely on donations, legacies, fundraising and sponsorship for financial support. For more information, visit www.mesothelioma.uk.com, email mesothelioma.uk@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or call the freephone helpline number on 0800 169 2409 (Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm). 


For press enquiries, please contact:

Simon Gribbon, on behalf of Mesolthelioma UK

M: 07584 088353

E: simon@sandstarcomms.com