The Government has announced that it will double the qualifying period of service required for employees to bring an unfair dismissal claim in the employment tribunals. It will rise from one year to two years. It has stated that the change will take effect from April 2012. The Government estimates this will reduce the number of claims in the employment tribunal by 2,000 per year and "save nearly £6 million for British businesses" - though some commentators doubt the savings will be this great. Importantly, individuals will still be able to bring claims from day one if they suffer discrimination or if other special circumstances apply (for example, whistleblowing).