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New laws proposed to make compensation quicker and fairer

Scottish parliament will today hear a proposal to reform the law on compensation for wrongful deaths – an announcement which is being made to coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Labour MSP Bill Butler will mark the day by lodging proposals at Holyrood for a Member’s Bill to make compensation fairer and quicker to access for victims of accidents and disease – including the victims of workplace accidents.

Mr Butler’s proposed Bill – which he called to be introduced “urgently” – will be based on the Scottish Law Commission’s recommendations, which were published in September last year.

He said the aim of the legislation would be to “standardise the assumed living expenses of victims in wrongful death cases, thereby avoiding a great deal of distress for victims and expense for employers in unnecessary litigation”.

The changes could remove the need to go to court in some cases where liability has been admitted, allowing victims’ relatives to be compensated more quickly.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress has already announced its support for the Bill.