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In response to Insurance Day magazine

Thursday 04 October 2007

Dear Scott

Your article of 28 September - Pay and age disputes fuel tribunal numbers - reported on employment tribunal figures in Acas' 2006/07 annual report. Your article stated that Acas had 'under-estimated the number of tribunal claims by 28,000' and that our annual report was 'discredited'.

As we make very clear, we report only the number of claims passed to Acas by employment tribunals for conciliation, not the overall number of employment tribunal claims.

When our 2006/07 annual report was published on 24 July it was brought to our attention that the published figure in the statistical table was incorrect although the figures we had compiled internally were correct. We took immediate action to amend the tables in our annual report, available on our website.

Acas' 2006/07 annual report shows a decrease in the number of claims passed to us by the employment tribunals with 105,177 cases compared to 109,712 in 2005/06.

We have a statutory duty to help resolve claims to an employment tribunal and save the UK economy approximately £25m each year through effective individual conciliation.

Yours sincerely

Keith Mizon
Acas Director, Individual Conciliation

Notes to editors

1. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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