Christmas is not traditionally ‘the silly season’ and there is probably little intrinsically humorous about the announcement in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement that the small claims limit for personal injury claims is to be increased to £5,000.
A petition against the proposal has been started on the official petitions website which had, at the date of this post, attracted just over 20,000 signatures. However, the following are among the current open petitions which appear to concern significantly greater numbers of the public:
- banning the driven shooting of grouse – 25,000 signatures
- urging David Cameron to take diplomatic action against commercial whaling – 54,000 signatures
- setting a minimum price farmers should be paid for milk – 57,000 signatures
- restricting the use of fireworks in order to reduce stress in animals – 66,000 signatures
- imposing a tax on sugary drinks – 153,000 signatures
- legalising the use of cannabis – 233,000 signatures
- banning Donald Trump from the UK – 556,000 signatures (and an opposing petition about not banning Trump had collected 37,000 signatures)
About the Author
Alistair Kinley is BLM’s Director of Policy & Government Affairs.
Alistair is responsible for BLM’s engagement with government departments and regulators on policy and public affairs issues and consultations affecting the firm and its customers. He coordinated BLM’s market-facing activities in connection with the Insurance Act 2015 and the consultations which preceded its publication and introduction in Parliament.
He is a member of the Civil Justice Council (CJC), a regular speaker and experienced commentator on legal and procedural reforms and was a contributing editor to the Law Society’s Litigation Funding Handbook (September 2014).