The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills have re-opened the Trawlermens Compensation Scheme. The scheme is now open for applications until 30 April 2010.
Please contact my consituency office on firstname.lastname@example.org with your address if you would like to be sent an application form. Or alternatively, call the Trawlermen Helpline on 0845 604 3477 where you can request the form and also get advice on whether you are eligible to apply.
The important point to remember about the limited re-opening of the trawlermen’s compensation scheme that I helped the British Fishermen’s Association to secure in 1999 is that it will principally be the men whose payments were reduced by the so called “break in service” rule who will rightly benefit.
This rule insisted that if a fisherman worked outside the industry or sailed on non-Icelandic trawlers for longer than 12 weeks, their compensation (calculated at £1000 for each year of service) applied to the years after the break but not before.
Every trawler based in Hull went to Icelandic waters so the main problem concerned men prescription flagyl such as the late Johnnie Johnson, a stalwart of the BFA, who because of serious illness had to work ashore for over a year. Thus Johnnie, who spent his whole life at sea, received much less than the £20,000 maximum.
The Parliamentary Ombudsman has ruled that this aspect was unfair and all those men affected will have their payments recalculated on their aggregate service over the last 20 years of their career.
Port MPs have also succeeded in their argument that new claims from people who didn’t come forward when the scheme was open between 2000 and 2003 can submit a claim now but conditions apply and such new claimants should contact me.
There are a couple of other minor points too complex to explain here but I will be distributing claim forms to those trawlermen who have contacted me already and these will be available throughout the City after the 31 July.
Men like Ron Bateman and the late Ray Smith from the now defunct BFA worked hard to achieve a compensation scheme. This modification will correct an anomaly and pay between £5 million and £10 million to those affected.