|2017-18 COMPENSATION SCHEME ANNUAL STATEMENT|
The Compensation Scheme for Radiation-Linked Diseases (CSRLD) is a joint initiative between the UK’s nuclear-sector employers and their trade unions. The Scheme is designed to provide an alternative to legal action for past and present employees of participating employers who have been exposed to radiation during their work and who are subsequently diagnosed to be suffering from cancer or cataracts. It has had a successful year and is continuing to process cases.
The nuclear-sector employers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority are fully supportive of the Compensation Scheme which provides nearly complete coverage of the UK nuclear industry employees.
The participating trade unions and staff associations are the Civil Nuclear Police Federation, the FDA, GMB, Prospect, UNITE (incl Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians), UNISON and the Defence Police Federation.
Cases which can be considered under the scheme are assessed by the application of technical criteria jointly agreed between management and trade unions. The applied criteria are more generous to the claimant than those likely to be used for a legal action. The CSRLD contains further generosity in that it awards payments for cases with a causation probability of 20% or above. In a court case a claimant must prove a causation probability of 50% where an ‘all or nothing’ approach based on the balance of probabilities is applied.
In line with a commitment to ensure that the scheme reflects the latest scientific and technical knowledge, new schedules were implemented in 2009 based on the findings of the BEIR Vll and UNSCEAR reports of 2006. (Changes in science can result in increases or decreases in causation probability). The Compensation Scheme carried out a review of all previous cancer cases using the new technical basis to arrive at an understanding of causation probability for those cases capable of being caused (or influenced) by radiation. (This review is referred to as a retrospection exercise) It then secured agreement from the funding bodies for the duty holder organisations to undertake, as appropriate, financial settlement proceedings. These proceedings remain underway. However this revised technical basis did not include cataracts. In 2011 the International Commission for Radiological Protection (ICRP) issued a statement on tissue reactions that recommended a reduction in the absorbed dose threshold for the induction of cataracts. To reflect the changes in the ICRP recommendations a revised cataract schedule was produced by the scheme and implemented in 2012. Following approval from the relevant duty holder organisations, a cataract retrospection exercise has been undertaken and successful cases identified. Agreement from the funding bodies has been obtained and steps have been initiated to progress these claims to financial settlement proceedings.
Following on from a Scheme review and Technical revisions, Council agreement was reached in 2015 on the implementation of revised Scheme Governance arrangements and protocols in support of case progressing.
The Scheme received 38 new claims during the 2017/18 financial year. One recent claim proved successful and is under negotiation. A further 11 compensation settlements reached completion, all of which were identified following the main retrospection exercise.
There have been 1634 cases considered/received since the Scheme began. 161 of these cases have resulted in successful claims. To date compensation payments amounting to £8.740m have been paid to claimants. The successful cases include 16 cases which were identified during the main retrospection exercise, plus 4 cases (identified to date) following the cataract retrospection exercise.
Information about CSRLD is available to interested parties via the internet. The scheme’s website (www.csrld.org.uk) is designed primarily to provide relevant guidance to potential claimants (and others acting on their behalf) but also provides contact information for those seeking further information. Over the past year the site has continued to receive many regular visits, and has provided the means to initiate a number of claims.
For further information please contact:-
The Compensation Scheme Executive Secretariat
Cumbria CA20 1PG
Tel 019467 74716
Each Compensation Scheme Management Board (CSMB) produces a progress report , examples from the NDA Sites and MoD/AWE Boards are attached below.
The updated Specified Companies summaries & schedules are also attached.