Are tribunal fees to be abolished?

THE Scottish government will be able to exercise powers relating to tribunals as part of new devolved powers for Scotland as promised under the Smith Commission Agreement.

Scotland in the United Kingdom: An Enduring Settlement was recently published by the UK government and includes draft clauses which will form part of a new Scotland Bill.

The Scottish government has publicly criticised the 2013 introduction of fees and clause 25 of this document would give them increased powers over the administration and management of the tribunal system, including the power to reduce or completely remove the fees set out in 2013, subject to specific requirements.

This raises the prospect of fees being abolished in Scotland, while remaining in England and Wales.