News about Disclosure and Barring Service

From 29th May, the Disclosure and Barring Service is removing certain specified old and minor offences from criminal record certificates it issues. Civil Society Media news http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/15259/, or DBS news piece has links to the specific filtering rules.

The DBS has also announced that the new Update Service will be launched on 17th June. This allows individuals to subscribe for an annual fee of £13 (fee waived for volunteer roles) enabling them to keep their criminal record certificate up to date, which will give portability between jobs in the same workforce (e.g. Child Workforce or Adult Workforce) with the same checking requirements. From that date the DBS will only send certificates to the individuals, not the employer as well, enabling them to review or challenge the certificate’s content before the employer accesses it. More details and links to guidance from the DBS.

HM Revenue and Customs have also issued Tax Information and Impact Note ‘Tax relief for fees paid to Disclosure and Barring Service’. This applies to employees in England and Wales who work with vulnerable groups and are subject to checks under the criminal records regime. It provides a limited tax relief for fees paid or reimbursed by an employer for both the DBS update service and criminal records certificates applied for when the individual subscribes to the update service. Pdf, 48KB, http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/thelibrary/tiin-txr-dis-barring.pdf.

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