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HMRC must address year-long wait for work records

Delays deny people suffering from workplace-related illnesses access to compensation at the time they need it most, writes Roger Maddocks

4 May 2016

Workplace-related illness and disease can be extremely serious for those affected, with many conditions significantly impacting on quality of life, preventing sufferers from working due to the severity
of their symptoms and in
many cases causing
premature death.

Those who develop illness and diseases as a result of their employment have the right to access justice to ensure that their former or current employers, who may not have done enough to protect them, are held to account and to obtain the fair compensation that they are entitled to.

However, for many people who have developed life-limiting conditions the process of taking legal action is not as simple as it should be, as they, and their legal representatives, are currently being forced to wait for as long as a year for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to provide employment records. This is not only a frustration for victims, but it essentially denies them access to compensation at th...

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