Friday, 11 September 2009

The database of un-British activities.

Just a month before the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) starts to compile the Vetting and barring scheme (VBS), the mainstream media suddenly take it up and the papers and airwaves are full of the subject. It's as if it has come as a huge surprise. By the way has the chap on the right been checked?
The Guardian has a good summary.

The government mentions the figure of 11.3 million people who will be on the database but The register estimated that this figure would likely exceed 14 million. CRB checks have suffered 'mission creep' that has resulted in employment agencies insisting on CRB checking because that covers them with their clients and local government because this covers their backs. Bizarrely plumbers and handymen now regularly boast of their CRB check status and some single mothers are able to check out the past sexual history of new partners. And so it goes.

See here. The VBS will contain enhanced check information. This can include unsubstantiated allegations about an individual.The idea behind the vetting database was that instead of checking individuals each time they applied for a new job, the state would check everyone who ever applied for a "regulated" role and decide whether they were fit to work in one – or whether they should be barred.

However, many jobs working with children and vulnerable adults involve say driving and dealing with money. Hence the assumption is that most job applicants will still need a CRB check as well, just in case.

The conclusion can only be that vast sums (£170million?) will be spent, hundreds of millions of government income earned (£64 per check), many bureaucrats will be employed, tens of thousands will be blacklisted for life, some will have lives and careers ruined by false accusations/information; yet the government will have a quarter of the adult population on a database and that will be a nice start for a National Identity Register and then we can all be vetted forever.

People and organisations and unions should simply refuse to register.

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