CLA-Drafted Bill to Save Riding Establishments
Riding schools and equine businesses who have been crippled by rising insurance costs may finally have their voices heard on 19 October when a Bill to help reduce these costs is published by Stephen Crabb MP.
The Bill, drafted by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), will remedy the spiraling costs of insurance for horse-businesses. This problem was caused by the 2003 House of Lords interpretation of the Animals Act 1971*, which broadened out the scope of the original law to leave any business - including farms - with a potentially dangerous animal, highly vulnerable to being sued.
"Stephen Crabb MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Preseli, Pembrokeshire, said: "We must resolve this issue. In my constituency alone, I know of several businesses that have suffered. Higher insurance premiums have threatened the commercial viability of many riding establishments that play such an important role in the rural economy. I'm grateful to the CLA for highlighting this critical issue. I hope that the Bill will help tackle the impact of the compensation culture on our riding centres."
Dr Karen Jones, CLA Chief Legal Adviser who drafted the Bill said: "We will be encouraging all MPs to support this Bill. It will remedy a situation that has seen some equine businesses effectively being put out of business overnight through vast increases in insurance costs and in some cases, an inability to obtain insurance at all. The CLA remains very thankful to Stephen Crabb MP for publishing this important Bill."
The Government supports the principle of the Bill and the CLA plans to meet with the Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn later this month to work out how we proceed to make this Bill become statute.
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