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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Government announces extra vessels to be included in Trawlermen Compensation Scheme

Press Release   •   Jan 15, 2010 10:43 GMT

Business minister Lord Young of Norwood Green has today announced that 19 new vessels will be included in the Government’s Icelandic water trawlermen compensation scheme.

Service on these vessels will now be counted when calculating payments due under the scheme, which is aims to provide additional compensation for former trawlermen who lost their livelihoods following the Cod Wars of the 1970s.

Lord Young said:

“Adding these new vessels will provide extra support to those who unfairly lost their livelihoods because of the Cod Wars.

“The new scheme closes on 30 April 2010 - so people who feel that they might be eligible, but have not yet applied, should submit their forms soon. I don’t want them to miss out.”

For more information on the scheme or to apply, call the dedicated helpline on 0845 604 3477 or visit www.bis.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

  • The full list of vessels eligible to apply to the scheme is available on the BIS website at http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/employment/employment-legislation/trawlermen/index.html
  • For more information, please contact the Department for Business Innovation and Skills press office on 0207 215 3496

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