NAHT general secretary David Hart said:
* 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.
The Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
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.
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