In an answer to a question asked by Caroline Lucas MP as to when the Secretary of State for Justice plans to conduct a review of the effects of the introduction of employment tribunal fees, Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State replied: “The Government is currently considering the options for a review of Employment Tribunal fees. A further announcement will be made in due course.” The Government had promised to conduct a review of fees prior to the General Election as part of a ‘deal’ with the Liberal Democrats within the Coalition to support their introduction; however, that review never took place. The Judicial Review application brought by UNISON, challenging the introduction of fees, is currently scheduled to be heard by the Court of Appeal on 16 or 17 June 2015.
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