Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries

Part of Civil Liability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:00 pm ar 11 Medi 2018.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice) 3:00, 11 Medi 2018

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

New clause 1 deals with one of the most important effects of this package of measures. It says that the whiplash small claims limit can increase only in line with inflation based on the consumer prices index. It specifies that the limit can increase only when inflation has increased the existing rate by £500 since it was last set.

The Government have been disingenuous in trying to sneak through these changes to the small claims track limit by using delegated legislation, which restricts the proper scrutiny that such significant changes deserve. With the new clause, we ask the Government to do the right thing and to put it on the face of the Bill, enshrining the terms that a plethora of experts agree on: the use of CPI over the retail prices index when it, and using 1999 as a start date for any recalculation of the limit for a small claims track.