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.