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MoJ consults on “modest” £55 fee for employment tribunal claims

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched a consultation on the re-introduction of fees for employment tribunal claims and appeals for the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

The consultation proposes a “modest” £55 issue fee for all employment tribunal claims. The fee would remain at £55 regardless of the number of complaints raised in the claim or the number of claimants on the claim form.

Under the 2013 fees regime, for claims such as unpaid holiday pay the issue fee was £160 and there was an additional £230 hearing fee. The government identifies that this did not strike a right balance between its competing policy aims of funding the tribunal system and protecting access to justice.

The MoJ believes that a £55 fee would be proportionate and “generally affordable”, for those whose income and savings fall below the threshold.