TSI’s hard work over the last six months in pushing for the reform of the dated and irrelevant Consumer Insurance Law has been recognised in the 'Draft Legislative Programme 2009/10 – Government’s Response and Summary of Consultation' published on 18 November.
Following an All Party Parliamentary Group on Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (APPG-CATS) meeting in May, TSI policy officer Jessica Tangye has been working with other stakeholders, including the Law Commission, WHICH, The British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Awareness and leading insurance law experts, to get this onto the Government agenda and it was great to see the following statement:
'The Trading Standards Institute called for reform of consumer insurance law, as did a group of academics in the field. Both thought that the Government should introduce legislation in this area in the next Parliamentary session, which is already being planned by the Law Commission. Macmillan Cancer Support also called for the reform of consumer insurance law, as the current system can have negative effects on cancer patients. Government response: The Government is engaged in productive conversations with the Law Commission on proposals for consumer insurance contract law reform and looks forward to the publication of Law Commission proposals later this year.'
For more information on APPG-CATS work over the past year visit www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/APPG-CATS