A [**cancer compensation scheme**](http://Compensation will be available for sufferers of asbestos-related cancer) in Guernsey has been given the go-ahead by States members today (4 June).

Politicians unanimously agreed to set up the scheme for people with mesothelioma - an asbestos-related cancer, for which there is no cure.

The initiative has been estimated to cost the States £100,000 a year and will now be rolled out in 2021.

A sursis motion to delay debate on the scheme, put forward by Deputy Gavin St Pier and Deputy Jane Stephens, lost by five votes to 33.

The Policy & Resources Committee has previously said it supports the principle but not the timing, as the full extent of the financial impact of coronavirus remains unknown.

Deputy Matt Fallaize, who led the campaign, said moves to delay the scheme are "indefensible on every level".

Kicking the compensation scheme into the long grass is unnecessary, destructive and cruel. It would come as a brutal blow to sufferers of mesothelioma and their loved ones.

Deputy Matt Fallaize

Speaking in the States, Deputy Peter Ferbrache described it as "the worst and most insensitive sursis that has ever been brought and discredits anyone who votes for it".

In Jersey, the government voted to provide compensation for mesothelioma sufferers back in November 2018.