Government Review of Employment Tribunal Fees.

The Government’s response to the review on the impact of tribunal fees has eventually been released.  The responses concluded that the introduction of tribunal fees has broadly met the financial objectives and has encouraged potential Claimants and Respondents to use alternative dispute resolution services.  However, the report also acknowledges that the fall in claims was greater than expected and that fees may have discouraged some people from bringing proceedings, although it was stated that there was no evidence that they were prevented from doing so.

The Government has now issued a further consultation (now called ‘Help with Fees’) to assist people on lower incomes, and the Ministry of Justice has decided that with immediate effect fees will not be charged for certain types of proceedings which relate to payments from the National Insurance Fund, such as claims for a redundancy payment under Section 170 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.