The report indicates that in 2012/13, the Employment Tribunal received on average 48,000 new claims per quarter. Figures for July to September 2014 show that there were 13,612 new claims.
The stats can be viewed here:-
(See Annex C, page 33 to 37 of the report using the numbering at the bottom of the page)
This will add further weight to the growing pressure on the Government to reform the Tribunal fees system.
The Government introduced the Tribunal fee system on 31 July 2013. This was partly designed to curb the number of spurious claims. It also saved you and me money as taxpayers by helping to make the system partly self funding. However, the number of claims have plummuted since its introduction denying access to justice for many employees who have valid claims.
It is desirable that employers should not be faced with the cost, in terms of time and expense, of facing claims which have no merit and are merely brought because the claimant knows that they have nothing to lose (as was the case before the fees were introduced). However, it is also important that claimants are not deterred from pursuing legitimate complaints.
A decision in Unison's second judicial review challenging the fee regime is expected over the next few weeks.
It is worth noting that the Smith Commission reforms included proposals to reform powers over the management and operation of all reserved tribunals. The Scottish Government have previously made clear their opposition to Tribunal fees. This suggests that we could end up with a situation where there are no fees for claims in Scotland but fees where the claim is raised in England & Wales.