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Damages for whiplash injuries

Part of Civil Liability Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 23rd October 2018.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice) 3:30 pm, 23rd October 2018

I am choosing to focus on the injuries incurred. For a soft tissue injury lasting six months, an individual would today get between £2,150 and £3,810 but, if the Bill passes, they would get £805. I am choosing to focus my speech on those huge differences. That is the practical reality of what this tariff system will mean.

There is another important principle. It is a significant step to mess with the proud tradition of an independent judiciary in this country, and the Government should not take that lightly. The Justice Committee, too, could not have been clearer in its criticism of how the tariff system will harm access to justice. We hope the Government will listen to the Justice Committee and eminent judges—and, yes, us—and accept this amendment to remove the tariff system.