Holiday sickness scams

I certainly agree with concerns about the apparent increase in holiday sickness claims, and I know that the Government does as well. It recognises that where payments are made based on fraudulent statements there are wider implications for tour operators, such as Thomas Cook, and the holiday industry more generally and it is committed to stamping out this behaviour as swiftly as possible.

Ministers at the Ministry of Justice are already liaising with the ABTA about this issue with the aim of both understanding the underlying drivers of fraudulent behaviour and identifying the most effective response to it. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is also actively working with industry representatives and other regulators to deal with current abuses and bring individuals to justice.

Tackling any form of fraudulent claim in our courts is a key Government priority. By way of example, the Prime Minister is committed to introducing reforms to disincentivise fraudulent personal injury whiplash claims in the upcoming Civil Liability Bill. By reducing the high volume and significant cost of these cases, these new provisions are expected to reduce motor insurance premiums for taxpayers by about £35 per year.

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