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.
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