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Vento Guidelines - Update

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The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England & Wales and Scotland have issued issued joint Presidential Guidance updating the bands of awards for injury to feelings, known as the Vento bands.

These are updated from time to time in accordance with the Retail Price Index.

In respect of claims presented on or after 6 April 2018, the Vento bands shall be as follows: a lower band of £900 to £8,600 (less serious cases); a middle band of £8,600 to £25,700 (cases that do not merit an award in the upper band); and an upper band of £25,700 to £42,900 (the most serious cases), with the most exceptional cases capable of exceeding £42,900.

This guidance is not binding but tribunals must have regard to it.

Note that in Scotland, it remains unclear whether a 10% increase to general damages, introduced in 2012, applies. This is dealt with at paragraphs 5 and 12 of the earlier guidance.