Since the abolition of tribunal fees in July 2017, the number of early conciliation notifications has increased significantly.
In the period from April to July 2017, when the fees were abolished, ACAS received around 1,700 notifications per week. Since August 2017, this number has soared to 2,200 per week, a rise of 500 per week. This is a massive increase of 25% compared to the same period in 2016.
Early Conciliation succeeded in 17% of cases. Of the balance, 26% progressed to a tribunal and 58% did not.