Tribunal fee or tribunal free? Minister suggests level of fees may be reviewed

According to government statistics, the number of employment tribunal claims has dropped by up to 80 per cent since the introduction of tribunal fees and are now apparently at the lowest levels since records began.

It is without doubt a controversial subject. Recently, Jenny Willott (minister for employment relations and consumer affairs) suggested that the level of fees may be reviewed. Meanwhile, enterprise minister Matthew Hancock hailed the drop as being the end of the tribunal system ‘ruthlessly exploited by people seeking to make a fast buck’.

In the middle ground, some commentators, such as policy adviser Richard Dunstan, have proposed an alternative fee regime of nominal fees — for example an issue fee of £50, a respondent’s fee of £50 to defend a claim, a hearing fee of £50 for each party and a ‘losing’ fee for the unsuccessful party of £250–£500…

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