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The construction workers compensation scheme launches

The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) has announced that, following eight months of discussions with unions and workers’ representatives, the scheme has now been finalised and is open to applications immediately.

The scheme will remain open for two years.

Fast track applicants do not need to prove actual loss. Compensation is set at pre-determined levels, starting at £4,000 for those where minimal information was held, and rising to £20,000 where there is evidence that records had been accessed.

The full review process is an alternative for those where there is evidence their records were accessed and who would prefer a more detailed investigation into their particular circumstances. An adjudicator will assess claims and set compensation up to a maximum of £100,000.

Once an applicant has established that their name was held on TCA records, the scheme covers the cost of independent legal advice to help the applicant decide which option, fast track or full review, is best for their particular claim and circumstances. If an applicant already has a claim in the courts and would like to withdraw to join the scheme, TCWCS will also cover reasonable legal costs accrued to date.

The scheme is being run by an independent administration specialist. The application and claims handling process has been made as simple as possible with online, postal and telephone services available.

In addition to compensation payments, the companies are committed to offering refresher training where necessary to ensure that the skills, knowledge and certification of scheme applicants are up to date and provide no impediment to future employment.

The process of engagement with unions and workers’ representatives has been on-going since November 2013 and, throughout this time the companies have listened to the unions’ views and have made substantial changes to the terms of the scheme in line with their requests.

All eight companies recognise that the activities of TCA were unacceptable and regret their involvement.

To demonstrate their commitment to ensuring that such activity remains firmly in the past, the companies intend to sign up to the voluntary code of conduct that is being developed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to ensure full transparency in pre-employment vetting processes.

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