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Motorists cheated by irresponsible claims reforms

20 Mar 2017
APIL news

Reforms to personal injury in the Prisons and Courts Bill come with a promise of lower car insurance premiums which will not be kept and aim to tackle a ‘compensation culture’ which does not exist, say lawyers.

“The Government’s so-called solution to high motor premiums is to reduce how much compensation people with genuine injuries will receive to derisory levels, and make the claims process more difficult and off-putting for the public,” said Neil Sugarman, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) a national not-for-profit campaign group for injured people.

“The entire point of compulsory insurance is to protect and help people in the event they are injured needlessly. The Government’s tactic for reform is like saving money on heating your home by having the radiators ripped out,” Mr Sugarman said. 

“But on top of that, insurers have a past history for promising lower premiums as a result of personal injury reform,” said Mr Sugarman. “They have never delivered on that promise and car insurance premiums keep on rising.”

“It would be wholly irresponsible for the personal injury reforms in the Prisons and Courts Bill to be allowed to pass unchallenged by MPs.”

MPs will debate the Prison and Courts Bill at second reading on Monday.

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Notes to editors:

  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.
  • For more information contact APIL's press and communications officers Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, m: 07808 768623, e: jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk, or Lizzy Freeman t: 0115 943 5431, e: lizzy.freeman@apil.org.uk.
  • Visit the association's website at www.apil.org.uk.
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Head of Public Affairs
Lorraine Gwinnutt
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Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416
jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk