Over the last few months, we have kept you updated on the proposed Prisons and Courts Bill, which was to bring in changes including the much-publicised increase in the small claims limit for RTA-related claims. This, together with a fixed-tariff for whiplash claims was to put an end to what the government described as a “rampant compensation culture”. The changes were due to come in to place in October 2018.
It has today (20 April 2017) been announced that, due to the impending general election, the Bill is to be dropped. It may be that this decision means just a temporary pause on the whiplash and personal injury reform plans as it will be open to the next government to decide whether to revive any of the proposed reforms. However, such decision could take some time and we will keep you updated.