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22p pay-out for miner is sickening

Issue No. 2253

A coal miner’s life is worth 22p. That was the verdict of the inquiry into the death of a miner from Rhondda, south Wales, under a government scheme to compensate former pitmen who suffered from lung disease because of their work.

It was the lowest pay-out of 750,000 claims by miners and their families.

The government said it was offered because the miner had a history of smoking and “very little relevant employment after the qualifying period for claiming”.

The £1,885 solicitors fees will be paid out of the scheme. In almost 70 percent of cases solicitors get more than claimants.

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Tue 24 May 2011, 17:59 BST
Issue No. 2253
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