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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.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am deeply concerned that there has been a dramatic fall in the number of cases taken to employment tribunals.

This news broke following a review by the Government into its own policy to introduce £1,200 fees for people wanting to bring forward their cases. The Government’s own report detailed how employment tribunal cases slumped by 78% in the first year of fees – mainly affecting low-paid women.

The review said the total number of employment tribunal claims fell from 195,570 the year before fees to 43,951 the year after. The number of claims rose again to 74,979 the year after, but that still represented a 62% drop on the year before fees were introduced. Read more “Employment Tribunal Cases”