• The Information Commissioner’s Office has updated its Code of Practice on handling subject access requests, available here.
  • The Ministry of Justice has published tribunal statistics for October to December 2013 showing a 79% reduction in claims compared with the same period in 2012, and a 64% reduction in claims brought by individuals. Many commentators are attributing the decline to the introduction of tribunal fees from July 2013. The statistics will be used to support calls for the Government to scrap or substantially amend the fee system and may assist Unison in its judicial review appeal against the fee regime (summarised here) – Unison recently confirmed that it will apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal.
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a consultation (closing 2 May) on draft guidance covering legislation banning age discrimination against people using public or private services.