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Outstanding tribunal claims up 130 per cent since fees were abolished

The outstanding caseload of employment tribunals has more than doubled over the past 12 months, being the first full year since the abolition of fees for tribunals, which has led to a huge uplift in cases.

The Ministry of Justice said the number of outstanding single cases was 130 per cent higher in the second quarter of 2018 than the same period in 2017, leading to fears among employment lawyers that the system is struggling to cope with the influx in claims and that cases are taking longer to come to justice.

The overall number of single claims received in England and Wales was also up significantly: 10,996 claims were made between April and June this year, compared to the 4,241 complaints received during the same period in 2017, a rise of 165 per cent.

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