Changes to basic DBS check procedure in England and Wales

From January 2018, individuals in England and Wales, or applying for basic criminal records checks for a job in England and Wales, can apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a certificate (via website in due course). Those in Scotland must apply to Disclosure Scotland. Basic disclosure gives details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Since 2014, individuals in England and Wales have had to apply for basic disclosure certificates via Disclosure Scotland, but now that it will be possible to apply directly online to the Disclosure and Barring Service, Disclosure Scotland has announced it will no longer be dealing with applicants from England and Wales from 17 January 2018.

Employers rebrand training to use apprenticeship levy fund

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced last year with the aim of providing three million new apprenticeships through an additional charge of 0.5% of payroll on businesses with a total salary bill of £3 million or more. A new report by the CIPD, after a survey of more than 1,000 employers, has questioned its effectiveness, finding that:

  • 46% of employers plan to repackage their existing training schemes as new apprenticeships in order to access their training fund
  • 53% of employers who have to pay the levy would prefer a more flexible system which is more suitable for their training requirements
  • 19% of employers who have to pay the levy will write off the levy as an additional tax, and will not use their training fund at all.

The CIPD report, Assessing the early impact of the apprenticeship levy – employers’ perspective also includes case studies and top tips for employers.