A journalists’ union has hit out at the increased costs of employment tribunals after official figures showed a sharp drop in the number of people using them.
Ministry of Justice figures showed the number of applications to tribunals down 70pc since the introduction of fees for claimants.
The figures bear out warnings made prior to the change by the Chartered Institute of Journalists.
Amanda Brodie, chairman of the Institute’s professional practices board said: “We warned that charging would have the effect of putting off genuine claimants, and of introducing a justice system which would be used only by those who can afford to pay, and sadly we have been proved right.”
“The Government predicted a fall-off of between 25-40 per cent in tribunal applications but it has come out at nearly twice that figure.
“No doubt many employers will see this as good news but the truth is, it shows that too many people are being denied access to justice because they simply cannot risk losing out financially.”