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Some New Limits to Tribunal Awards and Statutory Payments from April 2019

by Philomena Price | Mar 14, 2019 |

The following compensation limits are set to be increased from 6 April 2019.

Compensation limit Current figure
6 April 2018 – 5 April 2019
From 6 April 2019 - 5 April 2020

Maximum limit on a week’s pay
(There are a number of statutory provisions which provide for payments to be made on the basis of a week’s pay including statutory redundancy payments).

£508 £525
Maximum statutory cap on compensatory award for unfair dismissal
(Vast majority of unfair dismissal cases)   
£83,682 £86,444
Minimum basic award for certain automatically unfair dismissals
(e.g dismissals for reasons of trade union membership or activities, carrying out activities as a health and safety representative, or carrying out functions or activities as an employee representative)
£6,203 £6,408
Maximum statutory redundancy payment £15,240 £15,750

The above limits depend on whether the employee’s effective date of termination falls on or after 6 April 2019.

Increases to Amounts for Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory maternity pay and statutory sick pay weekly amounts will also be increasing as set out below:

Statutory pay Current Amount New Amount
Statutory maternity pay (prescribed rate) * £145.18 (From 1 April 2018 to 6 April 2019) £148.68 (From 7 April 2019 to 6 April 2020)
Statutory sick pay   
£92.05 (From 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019) £94.25 (From 6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020)


* Statutory maternity pay

Statutory maternity pay (SMP) is payable at two different rates:

  • For the first six weeks, at the earnings-related rate, which is 90% of the employee's normal weekly earnings.
  • For the remaining 33 weeks, at either the prescribed rate (see the table above) or the earnings-related rate, whichever is lower.

Other amounts for statutory paternity pay, statutory adoption pay and shared parental leave will also increase.

Please see below link for more details:

The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2019


Get in touch

If you need any further advice, please do get in contact. Call Philomena Price, ​Director and Employment Law Solicitor at Spratt Endicott Solicitors on 01295 204147, or email pprice@se-law.co.uk.

*Disclaimer: While everything has been done to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this article, it is a general guide only. It is not comprehensive and does not constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should be sought in relation to the particular facts of a given situation.

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