CRB charges rise by more than 200% in nine months

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care providers and the associations representing them have condemned the latest increase in charges for Criminal Records Bureau checks ­ the second in nine months. In this space of time the cost of an enhanced CRB check has increased by more than 200 per cent. Major corporate provider BUPA Care Homes says the result of the unexpected increase will be to once again divert funds from care to administration. Managing director of BUPA Care Services, Mark Ellerby said the increase, effective from April 2004, would hit the very heart of three BUPA businesses ­ BUPA Care Homes, BUPA Hospitals and BUPA Wellness. “We understand the need to ensure that the staff members employed to care for sick, young and vulnerable members of society are suitable, but an increase as large as this is not acceptable,” Mr Ellerby said. “As we are required in most cases to carry out an enhanced CRB check, this will hit us very hard. It will now cost BUPA Care Homes more than £1 million to conduct checks on its staff. The care home ind

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