Fewer than expected applying for tribunal fee refunds
The Ministry of Justice has indicated that it has received fewer applications for a refund of employment tribunal fees than expected.
The Supreme Court ruled last summer that employment tribunal fees were unlawful. As a result the Government is refunding fees to everyone (claimants and respondents) who paid a fee since fees were introduced in July 2013. The Government set aside £17m for refunds in 2017/18 but has recently confirmed to the House of Commons Justice Committee that its refund scheme will not achieve that level of refunds. It will therefore be writing to everyone who has paid a fee, but not yet applied for a refund, to raise awareness of the right to a refund. The first batch of 2,000 letter was sent out in April.
Click here for further details of the refund scheme and how to apply. You do not have to wait for a letter from the Ministry of Justice to apply.
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