NCHA accuses bureau of obstruction

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

The National Care Homes Association (NCHA) has accused the Government of deliberately trying to make care home owners pay more for paperwork. NCHA chief executive Sheila Scott said the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) has failed to respond to its request for 12,000 criminal check forms to supply to members. Mrs Scott said her association received a flood of requests for application forms after the CRB announced it would raise the charge from £12 to £29 for enhanced security checks per employee, from June 30, 2003. “Since Friday, June 6, we have issued 2,000 application forms to our members and have no more in stock, but are still receiving up to 40 requests an hour,” Mrs Scott said. “We immediately asked the CRB for more forms but have been told it will take up to a week for them to reach our offices. They have even refused our offer of arranging to collect the forms or to pay for a courier service. “The CRB seem to be putting every obstacle it can in our way to ensure care home owners have even less times to

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