Proposal to increase appeal fees by over 500%

By 25th April 2016Fees

25 April 2016

In a consultation that opened on 21 April 2016 and will run until 03 June 2016, the government is proposing to increase the fees charged by the First-tier Tribunal by over 500% – by 570%, to be exact, for an oral hearing (from £140 to £800) and by over 600% for a decision on the papers (from £80 t0 £490).

The consultation document, which you can access here, accepts that this will mean that appeals will be out of the reach of about 20% of people who have a right of appeal.  When the Immigration Bill that is currently going through parliament become law, there will also no longer be a right to remain in the UK while an appeal is being heard.