Portable CRB check pledge


The Government will introduce portable CRB checks by 2013.

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced that a universally portable CRB check, available for employers to view online, will be available by early 2013. The announcement was made in a speech on reducing red tape around employment.

Cable said: “For example, the bureaucracy associated with a Criminal Records Bureau check has been a long-standing complaint for employers and staff alike. The length of time it can take has meant some people are not able to start the job they have been offered. And the need to get fresh clearance every time a person changes jobs just adds to the frustration and expense, actually £44 a time.”

From 2013, once a CRB check has been carried out, the results will be available online for employers to confirm that no new information has been added since it was done. A small annual fee will be charged to keep the online record up to date and available online.

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