Tribunals continue to fall

The number of employment tribunal applications has fallen for the second
year running, according to research.

The Employment Tribunals Service’s (ETS) annual report shows that a total of
98,617 applications were made in 2002-2003, down from a peak of more than
120,000 in the year 2000-2001.

However, although the ETS welcomed the downward trend, the report notes that
the number of ‘single’ applications – which it regards as a more accurate
indicator – only fell by 3 per cent in the past 12 months.

The results show that employment tribunals are now beginning to get to grips
with their backlog of work. There were 106,621 outstanding applications in
March 2003, compared with 117,090 the year before.

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