Queen’s speech outlines Thomas Cook compensation bill

The government will pass new legislation to compensate Thomas Cook customers making personal injury claims.

The purpose of the proposed bill is to “enable the government to administer a capped compensation scheme to support customers of Thomas Cook facing the most serious hardship as a result of life-changing injuries, illness or loss of life for which UK-based Thomas Cook companies would have been liable”.

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The legislation was outlined in briefing notes about the Queen’s speech delivered at the opening of Parliament today.

Last month the government said Thomas Cook was facing “a large number of personal injury claims” and would be setting-up a compensation scheme as it was unlikely customers would receive anything from the sale of assets.

The Queen’s speech also outlined plans for legislation to “better protect passengers and the interests of the taxpayer in future cases of airline insolvency”.

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