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Price change for Enhanced CRB checks. - Monday, March 14, 2011

Notification from the Criminal Records Bureau: Price change for Enhanced CRB checks.

For the past five years we have managed to keep the cost of an Enhanced CRB check frozen and in 2009 we reduced the cost of a Standard CRB check by £5. This has been achieved through internal efficiency savings; lower development costs and improved demand forecasting.

However, as a result of recent Government changes to the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS), the cost of an Enhanced CRB check needs to increase by £8 from 6 April 2011. All other fees will remain unchanged.

From 6 April 2011, the following fee levels will apply throughout the remainder of 2011/12.

  • Enhanced CRB check £44.00
  • Standard CRB check £26.00
  • ISA Adult First check £6.00

CRB Checks for volunteers will continue to be free of charge which provided a saving to the voluntary sector of approximately £32 million in 2010/11.

I acknowledge that any fee increase is not welcome news in the current climate and that many of you will have already set your budgets for the coming financial year. This increase and its timing is, however, linked directly to the Government’s recent decision to scale back the VBS to more common sense levels and the resulting cancellation of the requirement to register with the Scheme. This increase, which is significantly lower than the intended registration fee of £64, will fund the administration costs of the retained elements of the Scheme.

Over the coming months the CRB will be working with the Home Office and the Independent Safeguarding Authority to develop proposals on how to implement the recommendations from the criminal records and VBS reviews and continue to maintain and enhance our existing services and overall performance.

I will keep you up to date with any new developments as they happen through our newsletter CRB News. In the meantime, I would be grateful if you could pass this information on to other Countersignatories.

Yours faithfully,
Steve Long
Chief Executive
Criminal Records Bureau

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