2019 has been a year of change for the Disclosure and Barring Service. From removing the ability to amend missing or incorrect information in Enhanced DBS check applications (you can find more about the changes to Enhanced DBS Checks here), to putting procedures in place in lieu of Britain’s impending exit from the EU, a lots been going on. Alongside this, they’ve also announced that they’re rolling out price changes across Enhanced, Basic and Standard DBS checks, effective from 1st October 2019.
This isn’t the first time DBS check prices have changed. In 2002 the Disclosure and Barring Service charged £12 for a DBS (formerly known as a CRB check). However, they realised that £12 wasn’t sufficient and raised to £26, and enhanced DBS checks costs were then raised to £44, which is where they stayed.
This new price is great news for businesses who are looking to submit bulk applications, as checks will be much cheaper from 1st October 2019.
Current DBS Check Prices
|Enhanced DBS Check||£44|
|Standard DBS Check||£26|
|Basic DBS Check||£26|
DBS Check Prices From October 1st 2019
|Enhanced DBS Check||£40|
|Standard DBS Check||£23|
|Basic DBS Check||£23|
Volunteer applications are still free of charge for standard and enhanced checks.
What is Care Check doing about this price change?
In order to ensure that our clients are getting the best value for money and are not overpaying, we will be shutting down any application submissions from 6pm on the 30th September to 12am on the 1st October. Should any customers pay by card and are charged the current price as these changes are going through, we will refund the difference.
The dangers of stockpiling
Naturally, the DBS are concerned about the problem of stockpiling in the run up to these changes taking effect. It is advisable that organisations do not stockpile applications in the run up to the change over on the 1st October, due to the problems this could cause moving forward. Stockpiling and submitting as of the 1st October has the potential to overload the DBS and Police Forces dealing with Enhanced applications. Therefore, we would ask that employers submit their checks as normal in the run up to the changeover date.