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Tuesday 11th December 2012 | 15:41
Labour press release
Andy Slaughter MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, commenting on the Government’s consultation on reducing the numbers of whiplash claims, said:
“The Government is using whiplash as a front for further restrictions in the provision of legal advice in road traffic accident claims, including ones which are medically and legally complex and serious. It is odd that the Government itself rejected raising the small claims limit for personal injury to £5,000 earlier this year, as have all previous reviews over the last 15 years, yet have now backtracked on this less than twelve months later.
“The outcome of this will be that victims will not have access to legal advice and will rely entirely on the insurance industry either to make them a low offer or sell them expensive legal insurance. This risks being a windfall for insurers but at no stage have consumers been given any indication that their car insurance premiums will fall”.