MP Mary Creagh helps injured miners
Aug 11 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
LOCAL MP Mary Creagh backed a campaign to help ex-miners suffering with ‘miner’s knee’ claim industrial injury benefit.
The Wakefield MP visited former coal miner Joseph Marshall at his home to explain the application process.
Mr Marshall worked in the mines at Grimethorpe Colliery from June 1968 until the closure of the pit in May 1993. He had previously worked at Crigglestone Colliery and been a fitter with British Rail.
Anyone who suffers with osteoarthritis of the knee and worked underground for 10 years or more before 1986 can claim.
It is completely free to apply for the benefit which is run by Jobcentre Plus. Thousands of ex-miners will be better off because of the new scheme which was introduced by the Government in July this year.
Osteoarthritis of the knee, or ‘miner’s knee’ has been added to the list of prescribed diseases covered by the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme.
Ms Creagh said: “I want to see everybody who suffers from miner’s knee make a claim for the new benefit. My message to former miners is simple – if you suffer from miner’s knee, you can claim for free. I have asked Wakefield Primary Care Trust to get local GP surgeries to let all ex-miners know that there is help available to people who suffer with miner’s knee.”