The Ministry of Justice has published its most recent statistics (for April to June 2014). These show that the numbers of tribunal claims have continued to fall significantly on a year-on-year basis for the third consecutive quarter. This is widely thought to be the result of tribunal fees of up to £1250 per claim being introduced in July 2013.
3,742 single claims were received by tribunals in the period between April and June 2014, 70% fewer than in the same period last year (before fees were introduced) and a third lower than the first quarter of 2014. That additional drop is believed to be due to the introduction of mandatory Acas conciliation before a claim can be made.
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Chuka Umunna MP said at the TUC Congress this month that the introduction of fees has limited access to justice and is "unfair" and "unsustainable". He announced in a speech that if Labour wins the next General Election, the party intends to "abolish the current system, reform the employment tribunals and put in place a new system", although no further details were provided.