HM Courts and Tribunals Service has introduced a simplified fee remission process for employment tribunals. The new process is called “Help with Fees” and came into force on the 28th of October 2015.
Under the new process, applicants will self-assess their eligibility for fee remission. Individuals on a low income and those in receipt of certain benefits (with only a small amount of savings/investments) may be eligible. Individuals qualifying for fee remission may not have to pay a fee to submit a claim, or alternatively may be eligible for a reduction.
Individuals do not have to submit paperwork supporting their application but instead, HM Courts and Tribunal Service will cross-reference the supplied details with the Department of Work and Pensions to determine eligibility. Individuals can also apply to get some or all of their money back if they paid a fee in the last 3 months and would have been eligible for fee remission when they paid.
Usually it is only individuals who can apply for assistance with fees. There are however some exceptions, including sole traders and charities, as well as not-for-profit organisations that are submitting a claim to the Supreme Court.
If you require any further guidance on the new fee remission process then please contact the Employment team on 0161 975 3823.