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No increase in personal injury small claims limit


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6th November 2013 by Elizabeth Lawrenson

The Ministry of Justice has announced a welcome decision not to increase the personal injury small claims limit at this time, alongside proposals to help with the cost of driving.

The small claims decision is a victory for personal injury claimants who would have suffered had the limit been raised as explained by Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson:

'The Ministry of Justice's decision to heed the warnings of the Transport Select Committee and maintain the small claims limit at its current level for personal injuries is good news for accident victims and a victory for common sense…It reduces the risk of people with real injuries being fobbed off with less than they are entitled to. The government has made the right decision in the face of relentless lobbying by the insurance industry seeking to increase the small claims limit and make it more difficult for genuine claimants to obtain just settlements.

'We will be studying the MoJ's consultation response in detail, because we are clear that weeding out false claims must not be at the expense of genuine claimants or radical meddling with the working of the civil justice system with consequent risks.'

Proposals to reduce the cost of motoring include freezing the price of MOT tests, reviewing driving test charges and taking action against inflated motorway fuel prices.

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