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Acas Council statement on tribunal charging

Tuesday 06 March 2012

Chair of the Acas Council, Ed Sweeny, said:

"The Acas Council's response is based on the overriding concern that any system introduced should maintain Acas' ability to assist parties to resolve actual or potential employment tribunal cases.

Acas currently plays a significant role in resolving tribunal cases prior to hearing with over three quarters of all potential hearing days avoided through conciliation. If the manner in which fees are introduced were to undermine this rate it could lead to a higher proportion of cases being heard and therefore increasing the overall cost of the system rather than reducing the burden on the state."

The Acas Council is made up of representatives from across employer, trade union and independents including the CBI and TUC.