The government has announced its long-awaited review of employment tribunal fees. It is expected to conclude towards the end of the year. There is no mention of any intention to consult with stakeholders or users of the system, although the government has said it will do so if it decides changes are needed.
Employment Partner Kate Fretten Say, "We have been waiting for this review for a long time and cynics might note that this has come just a week or two before the Unison tribunal fees judicial review is being argued in the Court of Appeal." It may have been announced to avoid the government being asked to explain why it had not made good on its previous undertakings to review the fees regime. It is our opinion that, with a majority Conservative government, it is very unlikely that the current scheme will be amended at all.
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