Report blames media for compensation culture

The Better Regulation Task Force criticised stories suggesting that the UK is in the grip of a “compensation culture” in a report published last week. ‘Better Routes to Redress’ looks at the perception and management of personal injury claims. It concluded that media reports and claims management companies are encouraging people to make unreasonable claims and that, in response, public bodies go to unnecessary lengths to protect themselves from litigation. The report’s recommendations include support for mediation and rehabilitation and regulation of claims management companies. The taskforce also recommends an investigation into contingency fees, and suggests raising the limit for small claims to £5,000 from the existing £1,000.