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Action Mesothelioma Day 2021

Follow this link and subscribe to stay up to date with Action Mesothelioma Day 2021! The Forum are involved in this national event which will take place as well as support (Read More)

National Garden Scheme Fundraising for Mesothelioma UK

During August and September you are invited to visit a beautiful garden in the lovely surroundings of Pershore, in Worcestershire, which is being opened to the public in aid of Mesothelioma (Read More)

Forum challenges LASPO review

6th July 2020 The High Court is to hear our challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s Review of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). (Read More)

Health alert: asbestos in baby powder?

17th June 2020 The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK today alerted UK Ministers about the serious health hazard posed by the ongoing sale of talc-based baby powder in the UK. (Read More)

Our response to COVID-19

9th April 2020 Despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation,  support groups across the country are still providing services to asbestos victims, in what are very difficult circumstances. If you have an asbestos (Read More)

Supreme Court orders Cape Intermediate Holdings to hand over documents to Forum

22nd October 2019 A landmark judgment* by the Supreme Court on 29th July ruled that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK can access court documents used in a legal case against (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2019

5th July 2019 This annual event was inaugurated in 2006 to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to promote an Action Mesothelioma Charter (see below). Each year, on the first Friday in (Read More)

Final act in the landmark Cape case?

13th February 2019 Asbestos campaigners will be rallying on the steps of the Supreme Court at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 18th February in support of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (the (Read More)

Landmark Court of Appeal success for asbestos victims

31st July 2018 The Court of Appeal today ruled that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (‘the Forum’) has a legitimate interest in obtaining documents that will shed light on the true (Read More)

Landmark Victory in the High Court for Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK

6th December 2017 The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (the Forum) have won a case in the High Court for disclosure of historic documents that could reveal that industry and (Read More)

Phoenix House saved!

3rd August 2017 The campaign to save Phoenix House benefit office in Barrow has been won, at least until 2023! The Government announced that it has withdrawn plans to close down this (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2017

7th July 2017 Each year, hundreds of people gather in cities across the UK to raise awareness of mesothelioma, to call for better treatment and care for mesothelioma patients and more (Read More)

Keep Phoenix House open!

4th May 2017 Phoenix House in Barrow, Cumbria has been earmarked for closure in March 2018 by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Phoenix House is a specialist benefits office (Read More)

Identity of Asbestos Spy Revealed

21st December 2016 The name of the individual caught spying on asbestos campaign groups has been revealed after the High Court lifted his anonymity protection. Robert (Rob) Moore had posed as (Read More)

It’s official – Canada to ban use of asbestos by 2018

15th December 2016 The Canadian Federal government announced today that asbestos and asbestos-containing materials will be banned by 2018. This is a significant and welcome reversal by Canada which, until very (Read More)

Asbestos victims welcome Companies House change of heart on destroying records

27th November 2016 Groups representing sufferers of asbestos related diseases have welcomed reassurances given on behalf of the Government that proposals to destroy records of dissolved companies have been abandoned. The (Read More)

Action Mesothelioma Day 2016

1st July 2016 Portsmouth 12 noon: Dove release, raffle and buffet, followed by Public Meeting. Refreshments available. The Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5HH http://www.hasag.co.uk/event/action-mesothelioma-day/ Organised by HASAG (Hampshire Asbestos Support & (Read More)

Kathleen Ruff honoured by Quebec’s National Assembly

17th June 2016 One of Canada’s best known anti-asbestos campaigners has been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honour by Quebec’s National Assembly in recognition of her tireless work campaigning against Canada’s (Read More)

Asbestos Victims Groups welcome £5 million pledged for a National Mesothelioma Centre

30th March 2016 Funding for mesothelioma research has always been pitifully low and for years now the Forum has campaigned hard for better funding. Our groups have raised hundreds of thousands (Read More)

Remembering Lord Avebury

15th February 2016 Asbestos victims will miss Lord Avebury, one of their staunchest champions, who died on the 13 February 2016. Lord Avebury championed many causes during his long political career, including (Read More)

Victims Groups disappointed at Mesothelioma Fund levy cut

13th January 2016 Asbestos victims’ support groups expressed their disappointment at yesterday’s Government announcement to reduce funding for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme. The new levy will raise £23.2 million for (Read More)

The asbestos crisis – why Britain needs an eradication law

16th October 2015 Asbestos victims’ groups have today welcomed proposals for a new law to remove asbestos from workplaces, public buildings and homes in Britain. The proposals, contained in a new (Read More)

Michael Lees steps down

9th October 2015 Michael Lees, who set up the Asbestos in Schools group and initiated the Joint Union Asbestos Committee, stepped down from his roles in these organisations earlier this year. (Read More)

Stop playing with cancer!

27th July 2015 Asbestos victims support groups, trade unions and UK campaigning bodies are urging local authorities, government agencies and market surveillance bodies to prioritize the threat posed by the possible (Read More)

Government gives way again over court costs in face of asbestos victims’ legal challenge

4th July 2015 The Asbestos Victims Support Group’s Forum brought a judicial review challenge to the Government’s enhanced court costs which means that most mesothelioma sufferers will have to pay an (Read More)

Charter for Justice launched

23rd April 2015 The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK has issued a Charter for Justice for asbestos victims. The Charter sets out a small number of easily affordable reforms that would (Read More)

UK victims of mesothelioma support Eternit victims in Italy

28th January 2015 On 18 November 2014, a delegation of 13 Forum members travelled from the UK to Italy. Our itinerary would be to spend 2 days in Rome to witness (Read More)

High Court Halts Government Plans to Increase Asbestos Victims’ Legal Costs

3rd October 2014 In a stunning rebuke for the Government the High Court has today (2 October 2014) put a halt to Government plans that would have seen court damages paid (Read More)

Asbestos Supreme Court Judgment Victory

28th March 2012 Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in favour of claimants suffering from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, in the ‘Trigger’ case which has been ongoing for 6 (Read More)

16 Years sentence for 3,000 Asbestos Deaths Historic Criminal Negligence Verdict in Turin Eternit Trial

13th February 2012 Eternit asbestos cement company magnates, Swiss Stephan Schnidheiny and Belgian Baron De Cartier de Marchienne have been found guilty today in a Turin court of criminal charges of causing wilful (Read More)

Supreme Court rules out asbestos exposure threshold for mesothelioma

9th March 2011 In a landmark decision today, 9th March, involving the deaths of mesothelioma sufferers Diane Wilmore, exposed to asbestos at school, and Enid Costello, exposed to asbestos in a factory, the (Read More)

Call for government funding for mesothelioma research centre.

1st February 2009 Mesothelioma sufferers will gather on Friday, February 27 to call for the government to invest millions in research to treat the devastating asbestos related disease, Mesothelioma is the least researched (Read More)