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MOTOR ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CLAIMS

That this House is deeply concerned by the pace and extent of change in the motor accident compensation claims system and in particular the proposal to raise the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000; acknowledges the need to cut costs in the legal system but urges the Government to ensure that this is not at the expense of innocent accident victims; believes raising the small claims limit will drastically reduce access to justice for the genuine victims of road accidents; notes that the vast number of planned changes to the claims process will fundamentally change civil litigation in the UK and alter the balance between claimants and defendants; further believes that impact assessments on the individual, piecemeal reforms are insufficient and will not demonstrate the cumulative impact of all of the changes on those seeking justice; urges the Government to reconsider its plans to raise the small claims limit until a single impact assessment has been conducted that covers all the reforms being implemented in the Jackson proposals Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 referral fee ban, introducing of ABSs and proposed extension of the RTA Portal; and calls on the Government to complete a post-implementation review of the changes and their success in reducing the number of fraudulent whiplash claims and reducing costs before seeking further, and potentially unnecessary, changes without sufficient evidence and justification.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Ainsworth, Bob Labour Party Coventry North East 21.03.2013
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 11.03.2013
Blomfield, Paul Labour Party Sheffield Central 15.04.2013
Brady, Graham Conservative Party Altrincham and Sale West 10.04.2013
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 06.03.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 05.03.2013
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 10.04.2013
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 04.03.2013
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 18.03.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 12.03.2013
Doran, Frank Labour Party Aberdeen North 12.03.2013
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West and Penge 14.03.2013
Esterson, Bill Labour Party Sefton Central 13.03.2013
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 11.03.2013
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 04.03.2013
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 22.03.2013
Goggins, Paul Labour Party Wythenshawe and Sale East 24.04.2013
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 11.03.2013
Harvey, Nick Liberal Democrats North Devon 21.03.2013
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 18.03.2013
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 13.03.2013
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 25.03.2013
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 11.03.2013
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 20.03.2013
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 10.04.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 19.03.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 13.03.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 05.03.2013
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 11.03.2013
Miller, Andrew Labour Party Ellesmere Port and Neston 17.04.2013
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 15.04.2013
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 18.03.2013
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 06.03.2013
Ruane, Chris Labour Party Vale of Clwyd 11.03.2013
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 04.03.2013
Sawford, Andy Labour Party Corby 19.03.2013
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 14.03.2013
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 19.03.2013
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 22.04.2013
Watts, Dave Labour Party St Helens North 18.03.2013
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 18.03.2013
Woodward, Shaun Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 22.04.2013