Report 'slams' compensation culture claims

Report 'slams' compensation culture claims 25543

Employees are being denied compensation as a result of cutbacks in basic health and safety protections at work.

This is according to a report produced by workers' health journal Hazards and supported by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which has found the number of people receiving awards because of work-related injuries or diseases has dropped by 60 per cent in the past ten years.

In 2000-01, some 219,183 employees received compensation, but this figure fell to 87,655 in 2011-12.

This flies in the face of claims by numerous government ministers of the existence of a compensation culture in the UK.

For example, over 4,000 workers die from work-related chronic bronchitis and emphysema every year, but only 59 received compensation in 2011-12.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady accused the government of trying to "brainwash" people over claims of a compensation culture.

"However, the facts tell a very different story. Even those dying from work-related diseases have precious little chance of getting compensation," she added.

By Francesca Whitney