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.
The Scotland-specific legislation was discussed by the Parliament in yesterday’s Stage 1 debate on its general principles. The Minister in charge, Ash Denham MSP, bookended the debate during which a number of points were highlighted for further scrutiny at subsequent stages, including moving the frequency of rate reviews to a five-year cycle.