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Basic checks for applicants in England and Wales: FOI release

Published: 5 Oct 2017
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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02082
Date received: 15 September 2017
Date responded: 5 October 2017

Information requested

Checks relating to applicants living in England & Wales for each of the last three financial years (14/15, 15/16 and 16/17).

Response

For each of the last three financial years (14/15, 15/16 and 16/17) I would like to know, for checks relating to applicants living in England & Wales, the following:

1. The total number of basic checks processed (broken down between applying online and by completing a paper form)

Year Online Paper
2014 / 2015 869,433 194,161
2015 / 2016 1,002,526 170,180
2016 / 2017 1,229,757 149,565

2. The total number that disclosed a criminal record

Year Total
2014 / 2015 104,359
2015 / 2016 111,940
2016 / 2017 131,310

3. The number that disclosed a criminal record where the entire criminal record was:

a. Over 5 years old
b. Over 10 years old
c. Over 15 years old
d. Over 20 years ago

We are unable to provide this information without incurring disproportionate cost; therefore Section 12(1) of the Act is engaged.

4. The number that disclosed a criminal record where part of the criminal record was:

a. Over 5 years old
b. Over 10 years old
c. Over 15 years old
d. Over 20 years ago

Year 5 10 15 20
2014 / 2015 12,912 10,448 8,356 4,697
2015 / 2016 12,958 10,437 7,950 4,726
2016 / 2017 12,464 10,724 7,721 4,964

5. The average turnaround for processing them, broken down by:

a. Where no information is found in relation to the criminal record of the applicant b. Where no information is disclosed because the criminal record is spent c. Where criminal record information is disclosed because it is unspent:

Status Turnaround (days)
Clear 4.37
Spent 4.65
Unspent 4.82

6. Any information which indicates the names of the employers that are requesting basic checks as part of their recruitment process (for example, a list of employers that applying for basic checks on behalf of individuals with their consult)

Response attached.

7. Any information which indicates the job roles that are linked to the applications

Response attached.

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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Published:
5 Oct 2017
Basic checks for applicants in England and Wales: FOI release