AON Ltd, a high risk insurance firm based in Sheffield, employed 26 private investigators to assess 8000 claims by former miners over Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In all less than 100 claims were fraudulent. An academic at Sheffield Hallam University was highly critical of the government handling of claims.
Not least of all was the use of Derek Gordon Haslam, now at 11, Lynn Rd, PE38, who deliberately sabotaged claims, he was particularly vicious to a family in Thurnscoe. Haslam received £3600 per month pay and £1500 in expenses.
Update to follow later. OK here goes – some seriously bent activity went on, compensation that ought to have gone to miners was pocketed by dubious one man operations such as Haslam’s. The NUM are now aware of what is going to be a growing scandal. Haslam additionally received £180K out of court from the Metropolitan Police (plus costs) for his “nervous breakdown”. Enough to buy a villa in Goa for himself and “Old Fat Arse”. Links to the DHSS, DWP and other government bodies will draw a sharp focus on those implicated in any irregularities.