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On 23 February 2017 the government published the Prisons and Courts Bill which contains provisions to introduce:
On the same day, the government announced that it will increase the small claims limit for all RTA claims to £5,000, following its consultation Reforming the soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims process last year.
Read our response to the government's consultation on these proposals (PDF 593kb).
We are opposing the government's proposal to introduce of a fixed sum of compensation for all RTA claims, including whiplash claims.
We believe these proposals would undermine the right of ordinary people to receive full and proper compensation from those that have injured them.
Due to solicitors' costs not being covered, most claimants would deal with a small claim without legal help. The government's reform would therefore create a David and Goliath situation where people recovering from their injuries have no choice but to take a case without using a solicitor, usually against insurance companies who will always have an experienced litigator representing them. People need legal advice in order to bring claims for the compensation they are entitled to in law.
While we are glad that the government has listened to some of our concerns, and has decided to restrict the increase in the small claims limit to £2,000 for personal injury cases other than road traffic claims, we believe that a £5,000 limit for road traffic accident claims is unreasonable.
We have been campaigning against these since they were proposed at the end of 2016. We will continue to strongly oppose these reforms.
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