The importance of full and fair compensation cannot be overstated. Victims of negligence need financial support if they are to rebuild their lives. It pays for medical or social care, or loss of earnings if someone is unable to work.
In February 2023, the House of Commons Justice Select Committee launched an inquiry into the whiplash reforms implemented through the Civil Liability Act 2018, and the operation of the Official Injury Claim (OIC) service. The call for evidence included questions about the effect of the reforms on the number of minor personal injury claims, and whether consumers have benefited from the financial savings through lower insurance premiums.
In written evidence to the committee, APIL highlighted the growing justice gap caused by the reforms. APIL told the committee that evidence suggests very clearly that the whiplash reform programme has made it less likely that victims of negligence will receive compensation. The committee was also told by APIL that the insurance industry has saved millions of pounds from the reforms, but the average cost of car insurance has increased.
APIL written evidence to the committee
Justice Committee report - Whiplash reform and the Official Injury Claim Service
The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was published on 20 October 2022. It includes a recommendation to remove the three-year limitation period for claims by survivors of child sexual abuse. IICSA also recommended a consultation on proposals for a new national redress scheme. The Government must now implement the recommendations.
APIL’s briefing on recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
APIL members can help us put pressure on the Government to respond to the recommendations by writing to their MP. To get involved, and for help and advice on writing to politicians, please contact Sam Ellis at [email protected] or on 0115 943 5426.
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