CRB record checks subject to further increases in price

The Government has announced a further wave of fee increases for Criminal Records Bureau security checks.

From April 2004, the cost of a standard disclosure is set to increase from £24 to £29, while an enhanced check will increase from £29 to £33.

The announcement, made by the Home Office this week, follows previous price hikes in June, when the cost of the checks was increased from £12.

"Price rises of this magnitude, which will cost charities millions, are entirely unacceptable," said NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington.

The Government also proposes to increase the responsibility levied on organisations registered to submit applications for the checks to the CRB. It also plans to set up a 'central assurance team' to help registered bodies meet required standards.

The Government says that the CRB is hitting its performance targets and these changes will further increase efficiency.

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