The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are set to REDUCE the costs involved to deliver criminal record checks if voted through by MPs later next month.
A review into the amount charged follows a steady increase in those using the service over the past few years. Many sectors, including the taxi and private hire industry, use the service to check criminal backgrounds of people entering jobs that have access to potentially vulnerable parts of the community.
According to TaxiPlus, a firm who specialise in taxi sector background checks, the review will see proposed changes to legislation that will allow them to reduce their fees. By offering a reduction in fees it is hoped it will reflect the service’s commitment as a public body to providing value for money.
The proposed changes are set to be brought before Parliament on 16 March. If MPs vote the new changes through, the cost of DBS Checks will fall on 6 April.
Crucially for the taxi and private hire industry, the cost of Enhanced DBS Checks will drop by £2. Unfortunately no changes to the cost of registering for the new incoming DBS Update Service will be introduced.
A spokesperson from TaxiPlus said: “As part of our commitment to providing the best value service to our customers, we will of course be passing on these savings. Any changes to the price of our DBS Checks will automatically be applied to all our existing customer accounts.
“While we anticipate that these changes will happen, it is down to Parliament whether they vote to introduce the new fee structure. However, we can see no reason why they wouldn’t vote to reduce DBS Fees.
“We will be watching closely to confirm the changes will be going ahead. We will of course confirm any changes to our customers as and when they are announced.”