The general election result makes whiplash reform less likely to go through in its proposed form, experts said.
Nigel Teasdale, president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, said the loss of Theresa May’s majority could mean that only aspects of the Prison and Courts Bill that do not require parliamentary approval, such as raising the small claims limit, would go through. The bill was shelved in April following the announcement of the general election.
“Whiplash reforms will be a lower priority for the government than addressing the discount rate, because of the amount of money the discount rate is costing insurers,” Teasdale told Post.
“There is less antagonism around the discount rate so that may cause the issue to progress more quickly.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens in terms of whiplash reform, but there’s a potential that some aspects that don’t need parliamentary approval such as raising the small claims track could go ahead.
Commenting on the demotion of former Lord Chancellor Liz Truss, pictured, the architect of both the whiplash reforms and the discount rate cut, Teasdale said: “Almost everyone kept their job in the reshuffle apart from Liz Truss.
“It’s probably quite telling that almost everyone stayed where they were except for her.”
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