Miners Knee is now one of the illnesses for which ex-miners can claim compensation.
Kevin Barron has pointed out though that the criteria for payments are stricter than for some other complaints:
“The miner has to be alive, and have worked underground for 10 years before 1986. Those are the limitations on it, so there can be no posthumous claims made by family members, which make up about 50 per cent of the COPD and VWF claims.”
“Overall I welcome this. It’s just further evidence of the legacy of coa lmining in the Rother Valley. And although most of the pits in the area have now closed, this will continue to be the case for years and decades to come.”