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Personal Injury: Compensation

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL7673, tabled on 9 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they decided to propose an increase to the limit to small claims to £2,000 despite the recommendation by Lord Justice Jackson in his 2009 Review of Civil Litigation Costs that a rise to £1,500 would be sufficient to account for inflation.

Answered on

24 May 2018

The upper limit for personal injury claims to enter the small claims track has been set at £1,000 since 1991.

Using the Retail Price Index to adjust for inflation since 1991, the uprated limit for small personal injury claims would be around £2000 in 2017/2018 prices. In line with this, the Government is proposing by secondary legislation to raise the small claims limit for all non-road traffic accident personal injury claims to £2000.