Nearly half of tribunal awards unpaid

Government figures show a large number of tribunal awards aren’t being paid to successful claimants.

The situation is worse in Scotland where nearly half (46%) of awards are unpaid, compared to 34% in England and Wales.

This comes as thousands of UK employees have been priced out of the employment tribunal system due to the new charges of up to £1,250 to put forward a claim.

The concern is that claimants that can afford the fees won’t even receive their winnings when successful. Currently, the only way a claimant can chase compensation is through a sheriff officer – which can cost hundreds of pounds.

However, the UK Parliament is currently contemplating introducing a Bill that will penalise employers who fail to pay but the Law Society of Scotland has called for a full review of the system according to the Herald Scotland.

Andrew Alexander, who deals with access to justice for the Law Society of Scotland, tells the paper: “We think it would be worth exploring a variety of measures to help ensure that awards are paid to successful claimants as part of a review.

“It would certainly be worth examining how to increase the percentage of payments which are due to claimants. A full review of the system is essential to ensure access to justice.”

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