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Cable admits charging fees for employment tribunals was ‘a very bad move’

In an interview with The Independent, Vince Cable admitted the Coalition made a mistake by introducing fees for the use of tribunals.  He confirmed that a review by his Business Department officials found that the total number of claims at employment tribunals has fallen dramatically from the first three months of the 2013-14 financial year compared to the third quarter of  2014-15, with sex discrimination claims down 82% and equal pay cases down by 72%. Cable admitted that the drop might be due partly to the new Acas early conciliation scheme measures also introduced by the Government but a proper review is needed to ensure people are not being denied access to justice. Whatever the result of the General Election, it appears that the fee system will be subjected to intense scrutiny and that the Court of Appeal hearing the Judicial Review challenging the scheme’s legality.

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