Tax concessions for thalidomide victims
Thalidomide Trust payments to surviving victims are to be exempted from income tax under regulations to be laid in parliament
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Paymaster general Dawn Primarolo told MPs the exemption, to take effect from 5 August, will cost £1m and be worth £3,000 a year to each beneficiary of the trust.
Given to pregnant mothers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Thalidomide led to thousands of babies being born with stunted limbs and other birth defects.
It means the 456 living survivors will be up to £60 a week, or £3,120 a year, better off.