The Senior President of the Tribunals recently published its Annual Report which confirms that there has been a further reduction in the number of cases being brought before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.
President of the EAT, Mr Justice Langstaff, acknowledges that the reduction in applications to the Employment Tribunal has not translated into a similar reduction at the EAT, but that applications were around 45% of the level they were before tribunal fees were introduced.
Although Mr Justice Langstaff highlighted that the decline does not inevitably lead to the conclusion that this is due to the introduction of fees, it is difficult to look beyond this conclusion.
In the Employment Tribunal, there was also a significant reduction in single claims from 34,219 in 2013/14 to 16,420 in 2014/15. The same trend is apparent for multiple claims with a reduction from 71,584 to 44,888.
We understand that the review of fees being prepared by Mr Bill Dowse of the Ministry of Justice has been completed and that a report has been submitted to ministers. We will provide further comment on this once the report is available.
The Supreme Court has also granted permission to Unison to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision rejecting Unison’s judicial review of the employment tribunal fee regime.