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Significant drop in tribunal claims

The Ministry of Justice has recently published the employment tribunal statistics for the last quarter of 2013 (October to December), which show that since fees were introduced for employment tribunal and employment appeals tribunal claims received on or after 29 July 2013, there has been a drop of 79 per cent in the number of claims compared with the same period (October to December) in 2012.

Two different levels of fee are being charged depending on whether a claim is a ‘Type A’ claim or a ‘Type B’ claim: for Type A claims (for example claims for statutory redundancy payments, unlawful deductions from wages and breach of contract), the issue fee is £160 and the hearing fee is £230 (for single claimants). For Type B claims (for example unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing), the issue fee is £250 and the hearing fee is £950 (for single claimants). Claimants can apply for a full or partial fee remission that takes into account disposable capital and gross monthly income…

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