Dawn's written question answered on 19 January 2016

Dawn's written question the Employment Tribunals Service fees and charges.

Dawn Butler:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of employment tribunal fees on the ability of individuals to bring forward discrimination claims.

Mr Shailesh Vara - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions):

Following public consultation, the government introduced fees in Employment Tribunals as a way of reducing the burden on the taxpayer and to encourage parties to seek alternative ways of resolving their disputes.

In June of last year we announced the start of the post-implementation review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunals. This review will consider, so far as is possible, the impact the fees have had on those with protected characteristics and the types of case they bring.

The review will report in due course.

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