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MoJ to assess impact of small claims hike

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An impact assessment of government plans to increase the small claims limit has been announced, alongside a consultation.

Chancellor George Osborne proposed in November 2015 that the limit should rise for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000 – effectively removing lawyers from the process altogether.

Labour MP for Birkenhead Frank Field asked justice secretary Michael Gove earlier this month what assessment he had made of the potential effect the proposals would have on access to justice for people on low incomes.

Responding to the question yesterday, justice minister Dominic Raab said the government will consult on the detail of the new reforms ‘in due course, including any necessary safeguards’.

Raab said the consultation will be ‘accompanied by an impact assessment’.


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