The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) and the President of the Employment Tribunals (Scotland) have issued joint presidential guidance concerning the value of injury to feelings awards in discrimination claims presented on or after 11 September 2017.

The well known sex discrimination case of Vento v The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2002] EWCA 1871 originally set out value bands for injury to feelings awards. These have been updated by judicial pronouncements from time to time. The so-called "Vento bands" will, following recent presidential guidance, be as follows:

Lower band: 800 to 8,400 (for less serious cases of discrimination, such as a one off event)

Middle band: 8,400 to 25,200 (for serious cases of discrimination, but not those which fall into the higher band)

Higher band: 24,300 to 40,500 (for the most serious discrimination cases, such as extended campaigns of harassment)

The bands have been uprated to take account of inflation (calculated using the Retail Prices Index) and include the 10% uplift applied to awards in civil claims for pain, suffering or mental distress since the Court of Appeal case of Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1288. The bands will from now on be reviewed annually each March.