Volunteers not to be charged for new record checks

The new portable criminal record checking system will not charge a fee for volunteers, the government has announced following calls from volunteering organisations. When the DBS ‘Update Service’ goes live in the spring, once a volunteer has a check they should not need to undergo a new one every time they take up a volunteering opportunity.

Home Office announcement http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/portable-crb-checks, Civil Society Media news item http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/14082/ or Volunteering England press release.