ACAS have published their first six months figures which indicate whether The Government's big idea on conciliation is working.
Over the first six months, it has conciliated in 37,000 cases (of which about 1,000 were multiple claims, covering about 8,000 potential Claimants). The report's preliminary indications show that 18% of early conciliations resulted in a COT3.
ACAS claim that 58% did not progress to a tribunal claim but this must be difficult to monitor as employees will have at least a month to enter a claim. In the cases I have been involved in I have seen no monitoring of what happens after the conciliation period by ACAS.