Interim figures for England and Wales released by the Ministry of Justice suggest that the introduction of employment tribunal fees is not having a significant impact on the number of claims.
There was a dramatic increase in the number of claims submitted last June (25,000) and last July (17,000) compared to the average of 13,000 a month, which suggests that claimants were rushing to submit their claims before the fees deadline of 29 July 2013.There was then a drop in August to 7,000 claims, as many claimants appear to have submitted their claims earlier than they might otherwise have done. However, there was a total of 40,000 claims submitted in the period from July to September, which the Ministry of Justice says is in line with historical quarterly trends.
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