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Update on employment tribunal fees including the refund scheme

The Lord Chancellor has provided an update on employment tribunal fees and the refund scheme fees to the House of Commons Justice Committee. The update includes:

  • The government has sought legal advice on the way courts and tribunals are funded;
  • Regarding refunds, large numbers of potentially eligible people have apparently failed to apply since 15 November 2017 – when the refund scheme was rolled out in full. The Ministry of Justice is writing to affected people in order to raise awareness; and
  • The government incurred costs of approximately £305,000 defending the Unison case and it also has to pay Unison’s costs in those proceedings.