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SMALL CLAIMS LIMIT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 958: tabled on 21 February 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 29 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House cherishes access to justice for victims of workplace accidents and industrial diseases; notes that in these often difficult and complicated cases, victims require proper legal representation and expert reports, the costs of which cannot be recovered when taken through a small claims court; therefore opposes a Government proposal to increase the threshold of employer liability personal injury small claims cases to £5,000 from £1,000, thereby denying around 90 per cent of victims necessary professional legal services; is appalled that this could lead to around 80,000 victims each year being left undefended against well represented employers and their insurers; believes that many victims will be forced into the hands of unprincipled claims companies, as reputable lawyers will be left unable to take their cases; is concerned that there will be a knock-on effect for health and safety in workplaces, as unscrupulous employers realise that they are less likely to be financially liable for injuries and diseases to their staff; and calls on the Government to exclude employer liability cases from any changes to how courts deal with personal injury cases.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Berger, Luciana
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2017
Liverpool, Wavertree
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2017
Coventry South
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
Cardiff South and Penarth
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2017
Luton North
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
Knowsley
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 March 2017
Brighton, Pavilion
Marsden, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2017
Blackpool South
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2017
York Central
Matheson, Christian
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
City of Chester
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2017
Mitcham and Morden
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Belfast South
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
Mansfield
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2017
Bolton South East
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
South Down
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 February 2017
Belfast East
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 1 March 2017
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 February 2017
Strangford
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2017
Ealing, Southall
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
Bolsover
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2017
Glasgow South West
Stevens, Jo
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2017
Cardiff Central
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2017
Walsall South

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.