The Justice Committee have just released a report on increasing the Small Claims limit:
In short, they have significant concerns and said that "the small claims limit for personal injury should not be increased unless Ministers can explain how it will make sure that access to justice is not affected."
Their concern is the same problem Litem is trying to address - the "lack of legal representation" that will be caused by the changes.
The government didn't listen to the recommendations of the Justice Committee on the discount rate a few months ago, so it is not clear what the impact will be, but it is definitely positive.
She betrays a real lack of knowledge about the issues. I'd be very interested to see her response once she's heard back from the justice secretary. Please keep us updated...
That's encouraging- more than I have heard back from Diane Abbott...
@jezston it is contained in the Civil Liability Bill which had its second reading in the House of Lords and is going through the Committee Stages on 10 and 15 May. You can see a more recent article here:
and here's Chris Boardman's tweet about it two days ago:
My brother @AlexJ has just finished building Litem, which is a free website with tools and guides to help injured cyclists settle their case themselves.
This will become particularly relevant next year as 70% of injured cyclists won't be able to get legal representation because of changes to the small claims limit. British Cycling are already saying that "thousands of injured cyclists and other vulnerable road users would be unable to recover their legal costs and therefore be denied access to justice".
Litem is in beta at the moment so if you've got any feedback drop @AlexJ a DM or email him at email@example.com.
British Cycling have a poll to stop the changes to the law which I encourage everyone to sign:
and here are a few articles for some more background (in case anyone wants to read me ranting about the proposals):
I tend not to but a colleague in my team does. Always happy to give a steer in the right direction if someone sends me a DM.
Feel free to drop me a PM. Happy to try and help.
Sorry about the injuries David - just PM'ed you.
In case it's not widely known, a portion of all motor insurance policies pay into a fund to cover people injured by hit and run / uninsured drivers, so you can still get some redress.
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