A month ago today, one of the final acts of David Gauke MP during his time as Lord Chancellor was to decide to set the new personal injury discount rate for England & Wales at -0.25%, with this being only a marginal increase on the -0.75% figure which had applied from March 2017. The new legislation requires a review of this within five years, so will anything relevant realistically happen in the interim?
On 19 March 2019, the Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety told the Scottish Parliament that she expects this Bill “to save defenders money”. This can perhaps be taken as a Scottish Government indication that the new Personal Injury Discount Rate (PIDR) for Scotland will be higher than the present -0.75% one. Given the prescriptive formula set by the legislation and to be applied by the Government Actuary, this government indication has to be treated with some caution.
This legislation is due to have its final (stage 3) debate on 19 March 2019.