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Employment Tribunals Service

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 206019, tabled on 15 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for remissions relating to fees for employment tribunal proceedings have been (a) made and (b) awarded in each month since July 2013; and what has been the (i) average cost of assessing each claim and (ii) total aggregate cost to the public purse of making such assessments.

Answered on

15 October 2014

Employment tribunal remission data extracted in its current form from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) systems has not yet been assured to sufficient standards to provide the number of remission applications received, subsequently awarded, in full or partial.

The number of awards each month is available from financial information relating to fees and remissions in the employment tribunals system published by HMCTS in its Annual Report and Accounts.

The number awarded each month from July 2013 to June 2014, the most recently published reporting period, is shown below:

Employment Tribunal (ET)

Remission Volumes1


ET Remission Volumes

July 2013


August 2013


September 2013


October 2013


November 2013


December 2013


January 2014


February 2014


March 2014


2013/14 Total


April 2014


May 2014


June 2014


July 2013 to June 2014 Total


1Timing differences exist between data uploaded to the finance system and data entered at source within employment tribunals fees systems. The monthly profile shown here reflects the date remissions were recorded on the finance system. This may not reflect the date on which remission applications were received or processed. The year end total for remissions granted is materially accurate.

The Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14 was published in June 2014 on the Ministry of Justice website and can be found at:

The Employment Tribunals Fees & Remission case management system records fees paid and remissions awarded and was introduced in July 2013. However, the system does not record the amount of time for assessing each individual fee remission and it is not, therefore, possible to calculate the average and total aggregate costs.