Increase to Vento Bands for Injury to Feelings Awards
The Vento bands for awards for injury to feelings, which can be awarded in discrimination cases, are set to increase from 6 April. The amendment has been confirmed by The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and in Scotland, and takes account of the RPI measure of inflation.
For claims presented on or after 6 April 2023, the bands will be as follows:
– lower band – £1,100 to £11,200 (for less serious cases);
– middle band – £11,200 to £33,700 (for cases that do not merit an award in the upper band); and
– upper band – £33,700 to £56,200 (for the most serious cases).
The most exceptional cases will be capable of exceeding £56,200.
Compensation for injury to feelings is available in discrimination cases, and is separate from any financial loss suffered. Clear guidelines for the amount of compensation to be given for injured feelings was originally set out in the leading case of Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No 2)  IRLR 102, in which the Court of Appeal set out three bands of potential awards. These are now updated annually by Presidential guidance.
The notice can be found here.