A third of those had returned their forms as of Tuesday this week.
That represents approximately 5% uptake of the compensation offer in the early days of the scheme as there are 3,213 names on the Consulting Association database eligible for the offer.
Whether the remain 95% are holding out for the prospect of a bigger settlement from the courts, are not aware of the scheme and their entitlement under it, or are simply slow off the mark remains to be seen.
The take-up figure was revealed by the scheme’s legal advisor Richard Slaven, a partner at Pinsent Masons, to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee yesterday.
Full details of the terms of the compensation scheme – from the application process to levels of compensation – can be found at www.tcwcs.co.uk. Any construction worker, or the family of a deceased construction worker, who believes they may have been affected by TCA records can download an initial enquiry form which is also available from the TCWCS free-phone helpline on 0800 980 8337.