BLM publishes MoJ Portal Analysis May 2018

21 May 2018

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

Click here to read the full report.

Key observations and conclusions this quarter include:

Observations

  • The YTD volume of CNFs sent, when compared with the previous reporting year, has fallen by 73,193 (- 9.4 %) to 702,985, which is equivalent to 90.6% of the previous year’s total
  • The number of Stage 1 exits, when compared with the previous reporting year, has fallen by 36,234 (- 18.7%) to 157,899, which is equivalent to 81.3% of the previous year’s total
  • The number of Stage 2 exits, when compared with the previous reporting year, has fallen by 1,596 (- 11.6%) to 12,170, which is equivalent to 88.4% of the previous year’s total
  • The number of claims using the Exit Process, when compared with the previous reporting year, has fallen by 8,472 (- 4.9%) to 163,891, which is equivalent to 95.1% of the previous year’s total
  • The percentage of CNFs exiting for one reason or another is 47.6%, which represents a slight reduction when compared with the previous reporting year’s figure of 48.9%
  • The number of Stage 2 settlements, when compared with the previous reporting year, has fallen by 21,852-11.3%) to 130,731 – likely as a consequence of the reduction in claims notified – which is equivalent to 88.7% of the previous year’s total
  • The number of Stage 3 court packs that were prepared, when compared with the previous reporting year, has increased by 73,823 (+ 2.7%) to 55,853, which is equivalent to 102.7% of the previous year’s total.

Conclusions

  • CNFs sent – the volume of CNFs sent during 2017/18 (702,985) fell to its lowest annual level – save for 2010 when the Portal was introduced – naturally, a positive sign reflecting the likely consequences of the Government’s package of proposed ‘whiplash’ reforms, which are expected to enter into force in April 2019
  • Stage 1 – the number of Stage 1 exits during 2017/18 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 number of Stage 2 exits during 2017/18 has, again, fallen to its lowest level since inception – a further positive sign, likely reflecting the fall in claims frequency
  • General Exit Process – the number of claims using the general exit process fell to its lowest level since 2013/14 – when the Portal’s upper limit was extended from £10,000 to £25,000 for accidents occurring on or after 31 July 2013 – with the proportion of claims exiting also falling to 47.6% when compared with the previous reporting year (48.9%)
  • Claims YTD that either settled at Stage 2 or proceeded to Stage 3 together total 245,557 (35.0% of the total of CNFs sent), which represents an increase of 0.9% when compared with the previous reporting year (34.1%)
  • The number of Stage 3 court packs prepared as a percentage of CNFs retained averages 20.1%, which represents an increase of 2.7% when compared with the same period during the previous reporting year
  • Retained claims unaccounted for by either a Stage 2 settlement or a Stage 3 court pack total 123,468 (17. 5%). Analysis will continue to be required by customers to track the progress and lifecycle of claims which either stall at Stage 2 before being abandoned, stayed or resurrected (or are otherwise progressing through the Portal, e.g. claims where liability decisions remain outstanding) given that the data does not capture this information

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