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Justice Select Committee: Scrutiny of the Minister

During our final Justice Select Committee hearings of 2017 we were able to question the Justice Minister on the recent fiasco that was the Government changes to Employment Tribunal fees. You may have recently heard that the Supreme Court found against the Government in their restrictions to access for Employment Tribunals. Now that ruling has been passed the Government needs to roll back its previous decisions which I warned at the time would restrict access to justice.

At the time of the measures being introduced by the Government I asked the very minister before the Committee to undertake a cost/benefit analysis before any changes were implemented. The Government refused at the time, then when it became apparent that they needed one they refused to share with the public. I pressed the minister once more on this failure of due process and he tried to say he wasn’t responsible. I was quick to quote back to him his own words to my question on the floor of the House of Commons.

This issue may seem complex but the simple truth of it is that the Government has tried to restrict access to justice for people wanting to file a claim at an Employment Tribunal. They were found to be in breach of the law by the Supreme Court and now they are having to clean up the very mess that Labour pointed out to them when they proposed the changes.