The Government has responded to the Committee's report, Courts and tribunals fees.
The Committee reported on Courts and tribunals fees in June 2016 following an eleven-month inquiry. The Government has now replied to that report's key recommendations and conclusions, including on employment tribunals, divorce petition fees, and fees for immigration and asylum appeals. It accepted the Committee's recommendation not to increase fees for money claims without completing a review of their impact.
Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Justice Committee, said the following in relation to the Government's response:
"It is disappointing that the Government Response is so negative in respect of the Justice Committee's recommendations; perhaps more concerning is that it is almost offensively perfunctory, appearing to have been rushed out at short notice and giving little evidence of attention paid to the Committee's detailed evidence and analysis. This is all the more surprising given that Government has had more than four months to produce this reply. I therefore intend to raise this matter and possible further steps with the Committee at our next meeting."