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  • International Workplace
  • 19 September 2019
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Fee changes for DBS checks

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced a reduction in the fees employers will need to pay for DBS checks.

Following a fee review by the DBS, the following new rates will come into effect from 1 October 2019:

Basic DBS check: £23 (formerly £25)

Standard DBS check: £23 (formerly £26)

Enhanced DBS check: £40 (formerly £44)

The fee for the Update Service will remain the same, at £13 per year. The fee for an Adult First check will also remain the same, at £6.

Standard and enhanced volunteer applications will remain free-of-charge.

The DBS helps employers make safer recruitment decisions each year by processing and issuing DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. DBS also maintains the adults’ and children’s Barred Lists and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists and barred from engaging in regulated activity.