Bureau to publish staff check fees

Francois Le Goff

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is proposing to publish on its website the fees charged by 'umbrella-registered bodies' (URBs), which apply to it for staff checks that are required by other organisations.

Earlier this year, in a bid to cut the number of organisations that are registered with it, the CRB said it wanted to direct charities that require a small number of checks every year to URBs - potentially local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations. But charities are worried that they would have to pay more to request checks through these bodies.

In a consultation paper launched last week, the CRB said asking umbrella-registered bodies to disclose their fees would "allow market forces to operate more effectively and address any concerns raised regarding the fees charged".

It also suggested a CRB registration threshold of 100 checks a year, which the NCVO has since argued is too high. Charities have until 18 October to respond to the consultation.

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