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.