Updated Vento bands for injury to feelings awards in discrimination claims

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Walker Morris risk series stampNew guidance in England, Wales and Scotland has been published on the ‘Vento bands’, which guide tribunals when determining injury to feelings awards in discrimination cases.

The new guidance, which will only apply to claims issued on or after 6 April 2018, confirms an expected increase in compensation bands (based on the Retail Price Index) which now provide for the following remedies:

  • an upper band of £25,700 to £42,900, reserved for the most serious cases of discrimination
  • a middle band of between £8,600 and £25,700 for serious cases which do not merit a higher award
  • injury to feelings awards of between £900 and £8,600 for less serious cases of discrimination.

These new Vento bands should be factored into the assessment of exposure in discrimination claims.

If you would like further advice on this topic please contact David Smedley or Andrew Rayment.