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Court Fees for Payment Disputes to Double

September 25th 2015

Business groups have warned the government against making further increases to court fees for civil disputes, reports the Financial Times.

In March the government raised the fees from an average of 1,350 to 10,000 for those with a claim over 200,000. A second consultation which closed on 15 September proposed raising the maximum court fees again to 20,000.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Shailesh Vara, claims that the increase is necessary because the Courts and Tribunal System costs 1bn more to run than it generates in court fees.

However, the Federation of Small Business has said it is concerned that further increases in the fees paid by users of the civil courts for money claims will further damage the ability of small businesses with such claims to access justice.

Samantha White, CEO of My Credit Controllers said:

“These changes only further underline the good business sense in acting quickly on overdue invoices. Proactive credit control is available on an outsourced pay-as -you-go basis for businesses of all sizes.”

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