The Ministry of Justice is bringing in a new fee system for all tribunals including the Gender Recognition Panel. Despite our own consultation response, and that of other organisations, stating that a single system for all tribunals would have a disproportionately adverse effect on certain applicants, including trans people, the UK Government has decided to go ahead with the proposals.
If you are planning to apply for gender recognition you may wish to consider doing so before the new system comes into place on Monday 7th October.
The new system will work as follows:
Disposable Capital Test
- This first test assesses the applicant’s disposable capital e.g. savings, investments, second homes etc
- If an applicant has £3000 or more of disposable capital they will be required to pay the full fee – currently £140 (although this may change when this system comes into force)
- If an applicant has under £3000 of disposable capital they will move onto the Gross Monthly Income Test
Gross Monthly Income Test
- This second test assesses the applicant’s gross monthly income i.e. their monthly income before tax from all sources except excluded benefits
- If an applicant’s income is below the threshold set out in the table below they will not have to pay a fee
- If an applicant’s income is over the relevant threshold set out in the table above they will be required to make a contribution towards their fee of £5 for each additional £10 income above the threshold, up to the value of the fee e.g. if an applicant has an income of £1185, an additional £100 over the relevant threshold, they will be required to pay £50 towards the fee