Personal Injury: Compensation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to tackle insurance fraud known as crash for cash.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government takes insurance fraud very seriously. It has recently set up a taskforce, chaired by the former Law Commissioner David Hertzell, which will consider the range of insurance fraud and make recommendations to reduce the level of fraudulent claims with a view to reducing premiums and protecting the interests of honest consumers. The taskforce aims to publish an interim report by Spring 2015 with a final report by the end of 2015.

The Government has also been working closely with stakeholders from across the industry to develop a package of reforms to tackle the abuse of whiplash claims. The next round of reforms will come into force in April.

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