Employment tribunal fees are denying justice to those who need it most

15 June 2017

At the end of January the Ministry of Justice published its long-awaited review of the impact of employment tribunal fees. It concluded that:

  • users are contributing between £8.5 million and £9 million a year in fee income, in line with what we expected, transferring a proportion of the cost from the taxpayer to those who use the tribunal
  • more people are now using Acas' free conciliation service than were previously using voluntary conciliation and bringing claims to the employment tribunal combined.
  • Acas' conciliation service is effective in helping just under half the people who refer disputes to them avoid the need to go to the tribunal - where conciliation has not worked, most people go on to issue proceedings in the employment tribunal.

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