Standard CRB checks to cost less from October

But the price of enhanced checks will remain the same

The Criminal Records Bureau will cut the cost of standard disclosures from £31 to £26 from 1 October.

The Home Office announced the reduction yesterday, saying it was "due to an expected increase in the volume of disclosure applications being processed".

Home Office minister David Hanson said: "The cost of a CRB check now represents even greater value for money."

However, the cost of enhanced checks, which give greater detail about a person's background and are predominantly used by charities whose staff work with children or vulnerable adults, will remain at £46.

Clare Smith, director of human resources at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said standard disclosures accounted for no more than 20 of the 2,000-plus checks it conducted each year.

Consequently, the reduced price for standard checks would have little impact on the charity's annual £100,000 CRB bill, she said. "But the fact that the cost of enhanced checks hasn't gone up is good news."

A Barnardo's spokeswoman said the reduction would have little impact on the charity because most of its checks were enhanced disclosures.

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