Nearly two-thirds of voluntary organisations oppose the idea of a minimum yearly threshold for Criminal Records Bureau applications, according to the results of a consultation on draft CRB registration regulations.
Voluntary organisations expressed concerns about the potential financial impact of being deregistered from the CRB if they do not meet the proposed annual quota of 100 applications per organisation.
Although smaller bodies could apply through a registered umbrella organisation, respondents feared that they would have to stump up a fee, whereas they currently pay no charge at all.
As a result, 44 per cent said they felt the draft regulations discriminate against smaller organisations.
A number of voluntary bodies said they feared it might not be possible to find a suitable umbrella organisation, particularly in rural areas.
The CRB is now considering the results of the consultation.