The first quarter of the year has followed the end of last years statistics and shows a decrease in the number of claims issued in the Employment tribunals.
The figures produced by the Ministry of Justice show the number of claims brought by individuals is down by 59% compared to the same period the previous year. This follows the drop by 79% in the final quarter of 2013 compared to the same period the preceding year. No doubt the 79% drop may have been skewed by the fact a number of claims were probably issued prior to the introduction of fees.
So based on the figures it does appear to have had a significant effect on employees decisions to bring claims in the E.T.. However the Court of Appeal is due to hear Unison's appeal in its judicial review challenge to the fees regime between 10 September and 10 December 2014 so we will have to wait if the fee regime will be here to stay.
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