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Whiplash assessment charges cut in bid to tackle fake claims

Fees charged for medical reports of people who say they have suffered whiplash injuries are to be heavily cut in a bid to reduce fraudulent claims.

The government said the move was aimed at tackling Britain's "compensation culture".

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Whiplash assessment charges to be heavily reduced

Fees charged for medical reports of people who say they have suffered whiplash injuries are to be heavily reduced in a bid to tackle fraudulent claims.

Insurers believe whiplash claims add £90 a year to the average motor insurance policy. Credit: PA Wire

Charges of up to £700 will be drastically cut to £180 for an initial whiplash report, under plans announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

The government said the measures were aimed at combating Britain's "compensation culture", which sees 500,000 whiplash claims take place each year.

Insurers estimate the claims add £90 a year to the average motor insurance policy.

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