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CRB portability leads to increased fees

14 January 2013

Employees and volunteers will soon only have to apply once to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a certificate and will then be able to use an online service to confirm that the existing check is still up to date, removing the need for repeated certificates.

Whilst there will be no cost to volunteers, those in paid employment will have to pay a compulsory annual charge to be a part of the system. Whilst this charge is said to be less than the cost of a CRB check, it will benefit only those who would otherwise have obtained repeated checks due to their role or the variety of roles they undertake. This is very much the minority.

So whilst the system is improving, it looks like the cost to the individual or the employer will increase.

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