Makes a mockery of checks

I AM writing in response to 'Rules may scupper work experience', page 20, May 22 edition of the Mercury. New Government legislation may be forcing businesses to undertake costly criminal records bureau checks, before students can be allowed to work for t

I AM writing in response to 'Rules may scupper work experience', page 20, May 22 edition of the Mercury. New Government legislation may be forcing businesses to undertake costly criminal records bureau checks, before students can be allowed to work for them. I have discovered interesting information that makes a mockery of CBB checks. I contacted Mr Penrose MP a few months ago, because I wanted something clarified I had learned. Apparently, immigrants from Europe and elsewhere cannot be checked against records in their own country.This means a British Citizen with a criminal record can have convictions traced but an immigrant who may also have a criminal record can't. This means there could be immigrants with convictions working with children and vulnerable people.Mr Penrose was equally amazed by this potentially dangerous loophole. He has contacted Meg Hillier, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, about this. These inconsistencies in CRB checks are unacceptable. We should be living in a country of equality, not one rule for one and one for another. Governments would be wise to remember this.NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED


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