This is an important benefit that is payable to people with certain asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma. It is not means-tested and is payable in situations where the illness may have been caused by exposure to asbestos dust at work. It is not necessary for a person to have worked with asbestos to get this benefit. They only need to have been exposed to asbestos dust at work. You cannot get this benefit if you were self-employed in the work that led to the exposure.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be paid weekly, every 4 weeks or every 13 weeks into your bank account. People with mesothelioma are entitled to the maximum rate. If you are given this benefit, you may also be entitled to other benefits. You can get more information about these from a benefits adviser or specialist solicitor.