Low uptake on Tribunal fee refunds

10 May 2018 | Comment


There has been a surprisingly low uptake for the Employment Tribunal refund scheme since it was rolled out in November 2017. This account comes from the Lord Chancellor who has provided an updated report to the House of Commons Justice Committee.

Apparently there are a significant number of eligible people who have simply not applied to have their tribunal fees refunded. In case this is due to a lack of awareness, the Ministry of Justice is writing to those affected. The first 2,000 letters were sent out on 9 April 2018.

Some research from the tribunal indicates that there have only been a small volume of applications to bring claims out of time. The inference from this is that claimants have therefore not been deterred from bringing claims because of the existence of tribunal fees. It should be said however that this limited research only concentrates on pregnancy and maternity discrimination cases and that the reasons for the out of time applications are not included in the data. From a practitioner’s perspective, there appears to be a definite surge in the number of claims being submitted in the tribunal which may be a more useful indicator of the effect that the abolition of fees has had.

For any more information please contact the Employment Team on 029 2039 1002.

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