Trawlermen Consultation Launched

The Government today launched a consultation on its new scheme to compensate trawlermen who lost their livelihoods following the 1970s 'Cod Wars'.

The consultation runs until 22 May. The Government intends to open the new scheme to applications in the summer.

Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said: "We announced our intention to launch a new scheme before Christmas and now are keen to make sure that everyone has the chance to have their say on the details of the new scheme. We are inviting views on our proposals over the next twelve weeks and will consider these carefully before launching the new scheme in the summer.

"Under the new scheme, trawlermen who received less than they expected through the previous scheme will be able to apply for extra payments.

"Around 1,000 trawlermen should benefit, based on their aggregate service on vessels that fished in Icelandic waters. This means they will not have lost out if they took breaks from the industry."

The breaks rule in the previous scheme that ran from 2000 to 2002 was found to be unfair by the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Following a review, the Government has decided to run a new scheme based on aggregate service rather than continuous service as before.

Around £43 million was paid out to 4,400 former trawlermen and their dependents under the previous scheme. Up to £10 million is expected to be awarded under the new scheme.

Anyone who wants to have their say can do so by downloading the consultation from the Department for Business' website or by contacting 0845 015 0010.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

03 March 2005
Defra launches farmland conservation scheme
A new scheme enabling English farmers to be paid for environmental work on their farms is to be launched in the spring.
29 May 2009
Scrappage Scheme Boosts Car Sales
More than 35,000 new cars have been ordered through the UK's scrappage scheme, since it was introduced, new figures have revealed. This equates to one scrappage scheme order out of every five new car orders in this period. Gordon Brown welcomed three new car buyers that had benefited from the scheme at Downing Street this morning.
20 July 2012
Sex Offenders Lie Detector Scheme 'To Be Rolled Out'
Following a successful pilot scheme mandatory polygraph testing for sex offenders is set to be rolled out across England and Wales, ministers say. The scheme found offenders who were tested were more honest and gave better information, which meant they were managed more effectively.
11 December 2003
Consultation launched for 'flexible and affordable' police pensions
It is time to consider options for modernising police pensions to make them "more flexible and affordable" for police officers, Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said today Announcing a UK-wide consultation on police pensions, the Home Office has called for views on a suggested alternative to the current pension scheme, which would cater for the ne
17 November 2003
Compensation extented for 'Cod Wars' fishermen
Trawlermen who fished off Iceland during the 'Cod Wars' in the mid-1970s may be eligible for further compensation, Trade and Industry Minister Nigel Griffiths announced today.
03 August 2004
Blair told to reveal specifics of terror threat
The government has been urged to release details of the terror threat facing Britain, after Pakistani authorities revealed that it had uncovered preparations for Al Qaeda terror strikes on the US and UK. The US went on heightened alert this week after new information came to light following the arrest of a top Al Qaeda suspect in Pakistan.
25 June 2003
Police urged to adopt new technology
Police forces must adopt new and developing technology before organised crime gangs do, the Home Secretary will tell a conference of top cops tonight.
29 October 2015
New 'Patient-Focused' NHS Scheme Launched
A new 'Ofsted style' rating system is to be introduced for the health sector, in an effort to create a more "patient-focused NHS culture".
04 August 2004
New anti-drink driving 'alco-lock' pilot scheme launched
Convicted drink-drivers will be prevented from using their cars if they have consumed alcohol, in a pilot of new technology launched today. Offenders will have to give a breath sample to a device fitted in the vehicle – if the driver has had a drink, the car will not start.
09 November 2011
Drink Drivers To Pay For Rehabilitation
The bill for the rehabilitation scheme taken by those convicted of drink driving is to be picked up by the offenders, according to Government proposals published on Wednesday.
06 August 2009
Motor Sales Boosted By Scrappage Scheme
Car sales have risen for the first time since April last year, according to the latest industry figures. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 157,149 cars were sold in July, an increase of 2.4% on last July's figures.
18 May 2009
Car Scrappage Scheme Dealt Blow Amid VAT Row
A Government-scheme where consumers can scrap their old banger for a new model, has been dealt an embarrassing blow after three large manufacturers suspended the scheme. The £300m scrappage scheme, announced in last month's Budget, is intended to boost consumer confidence and kick-start demand for new cars.
21 April 2006
BBC announces pension changes
The BBC has announced that it is to close its final salary pension scheme to new members. The proposals announced by Director-General Mark Thompson would see the closure of the final salary pension scheme to new members from August 31, 2006.
13 October 2005
Government announces airgun clampdown
The Home Office has announced plans to introduce new controls on the sale of airguns. Under the plans, a new registration scheme would be introduced for dealers, who would have to pay £150 to register after being approved by police. Dealers would also be required to keep records of transactions, including the name and address of the purchaser.
21 September 2005
Truancy figures rise
The number of pupils playing truant from England’s schools has increased, the latest government figures have revealed. The Department of Education figures for 2004/05 showed a 0.07% increase in unauthorised absences in England’s schools.