Hundreds of former Scottish miners could benefit from compensation payouts as a result of developing arthritis.
Plans for a new rule introduced in Westminster this week would see up to GBP 143.60 a week paid out to miners as compensation.
It would go to those who worked down the mines for a decade or more and now suffer from arthritis of the knee, the Daily Record reports.
Junior work and pensions minister Helen Goodman said: "All coal miners who worked underground in coal mines for an aggregate of 10 years or more before 1986 can claim industrial injuries disablement benefit if they suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Work from 1986 onwards as a coal face worker at a non-mechanised coal face, and for certain other categories of work, can be included in the ten-year qualifying period."
It is estimated that up to 2,000 miners could benefit from the new initiative.
Nicky Wilson of the National Union of Mineworkers Scotland, said the move could have been prompted by a legal battle which has been launched by the union claiming compensation from the government.
He said: "This announcement will not affect our determination to win compensation lump sum payments throughout the courts."
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