Autumn Statement: spring news?

An earlier post in February outlined what seemed then a plausible timetable for progress towards implementation of the Autumn Statement reforms to personal injury claims. In the two months since, the EU referendum campaigns have begun to have a noticeable effect on the Government’s policy-making activity. The Times carried an article by its Whitehall editor on 8 March under the headline “Policies shackled by EU vote ‘lockdown’” which reported that policies had already been postponed and “difficult decisions ducked” as Ministers looked to the referendum.

Although there is nothing is official, it does now look more likely that a consultation paper on the Autumn Statement reforms will not appear until some time after the referendum on 23 June. Despite this likely delay, questions in Parliament earlier this week should serve to reinforce the view that the necessary measures will be taken forward by this Government in due course.

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