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TEACHING UNION OBJECTS TO 'MAMMOTH' CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU FEE INCREASES

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The parliamentary tenth standing committee on statutory instruments tomorrow debates regulations that give the Crim...
The parliamentary tenth standing committee on statutory instruments tomorrow debates regulations that give the Criminal Records Bureau the power to increase the fees it charges for disclosures. The National Association of Head Teachers has written to the home secretary protesting in the strongest possible terms (see below).

NAHT general secretary David Hart said:

'The CRB's decision to double and nearly treble the fees for standard and enhanced disclosures respectively is an outrage. At the same time the CRB intends to lengthen the turn-around times for processing disclosure applications. The net result is a worse service at a substantially increased price. The CRB's past failures are being significantly rewarded. This is a crazy situation that adds 'insult to injury' in the eyes of head teachers whose schools have suffered from a poor service and whose budgets are under extreme pressure. MPs should throw out the regulations.'

* The current fee for standard disclosure is £12 the new fee is £24. The current fee for enhanced disclosure is £12 the new fee is £29.

* The letter follows.

David Blunkett

Home Secretary

The Home Office

50 Queen Anne's Gate

London

SW1H 9AT

Dear David

I am extremely concerned to note the increase in fees charged for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure applications and consider this to be totally uncalled for. You will be aware that the CRB has consistently failed to meet its service standards. Not only are the fees being more than doubled, the Bureau's service standards are being lowered! This is tantamount to rewarding failure.

For the past year, schools in England and Wales have been forced to deal with the difficulties caused by the CRB's inefficiency. To increase the fees charged to such a level at a time when many schools are being subjected to a serious shortfall in funding is nothing short of outrageous. I look forward to receiving your comments.

Yours sincerely

< p/="">David Hart

General Secretary

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