BLM publishes MOJ RTA Portal analysis

17 May 2017

BLM has published an analysis of the data captured within the Ministry of Justice RTA portal.

The full report can be accessed here.

Key observations and conclusions this quarter include:

Observations

  • This release completes the dataset for 2016/17.
  • The volume of CNFs sent during 2016/17, when compared with the previous reporting year, fell by 78,899 (- 9.2%) to 777,708.
  • The number of Stage 1 exits during 2016/17, when compared with the previous reporting year, fell by 19,089 (- 9.0%) to 194,133.
  • The number of Stage 2 exits during 2016/17, when compared with the previous reporting year, increased by 755 (+ 5.8%) to 13,766.
  • The number of claims using the Exit Process during 2016/17, when compared with the previous reporting year, fell by 10,421 (- 5.7%) to 172,363.
  • The percentage of CNFs exiting (for one reason or another) averaged 48.9%, which represents an increase when compared with the previous reporting year’s figure of 47.5%.
  • The number of Stage 2 settlements during 2016/17, when compared with the previous reporting year, fell by 16,171 (- 7.7%) to 193,586.
  • The number of Stage 3 court packs prepared during 2016/17, when compared with the previous reporting year, increased by 11,245 (+ 18.5%) to 71,884.

Conclusions

  • CNFs sent – the volume of CNFs sent during 2016/17 fell to its lowest annual level since the inception of the Portal in 2010 (disregarding 2013/14 when the upper limit was extended from £10,000 to £25,000 for accidents occurring on or after 31 July 2013) – naturally, a positive sign.
  • Stage 1 – the volume of Stage 1 exits during 2016/17 also fell to its lowest annual level since the inception of the Portal in 2010 – a further encouraging sign that fewer contentious claims (i.e. those within which liability would not be admitted) appear to be entering the Portal, and subsequently exiting at the earliest opportunity.
  • Stage 2 – the volume of Stage 2 exits during 2016/17 has increased slightly – a potentially negative sign, but for the fact that the margin in absolute terms is negligible at 755 claims.
  • General Exit Process – whilst the number of claims using the exit process since 2015/16 has fallen, levels remain higher that during any other reporting year (save 2015/16), and given that fewer CNFs were notified in 2016/17, and with fewer Stage 1 exits, the proportion of claims exiting remains high at 48.9%.
  • The number of claims that either settled at Stage 2 or proceeded to Stage 3 together total 265,470 (34.1% of the total of CNFs sent), which represents an increase of 2.7% in the proportion of CNFs either settling at Stage 2 or proceeding for disposal to Stage 3, when compared with the previous reporting year.
  • The number of Stage 3 court packs prepared as a percentage of CNFs retained during 2016/17 averaged 18.1%, which represents an increase of 4.6% when compared with the previous reporting year, and reflects a continuing trend of ever increasing numbers proceeding for disposal year on year (71,884), notwithstanding the fall in claims frequency during 2016/17.
  • Finally, retained claims unaccounted for by either a Stage 2 settlement or a Stage 3 court pack total 203,8660 (26.2%) – having risen sharply by 21,705 (11.9%) – a potential cause for concern, and likely to reflect the increasing number of claims being commenced (in order to prevent limitation periods expiring) but thereafter stayed by claimant representatives.

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