Disclosure Scotland fees: discounting, waivers and accredited bodies consultation

Closed 28 May 2024

Opened 5 Mar 2024


In this consultation, we are seeking views to enable us to consider fee discounts for certain groups applying for Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership disclosures and views on the fees applied to organisations acting as accredited bodies.

Disclosure Scotland’s fees and fee structure have not changed since 2011. This is the longest period fees for disclosure products in Scotland have been frozen. The Public Sector Finance Manual sets out that fees should be set at full cost recovery. This means there is limited scope to adjust the fee levels when proposed. Work is ongoing to ensure fees are set at a level which balances affordability for customers against the cost of delivering disclosures.

While this consultation does set out some proposed fee levels for disclosure products under the Disclosure Act, taking account of actual cost of delivery and inflation, its focus is on gathering more evidence on Disclosure Scotland's approach to fees in certain circumstances to help us develop our policy approach to fees. 

Read the consultation paper. The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation. You may find it useful to read or refer to while responding.


Useful information about responding to this consultation

As you complete your response, each page will provide the option to 'Save and come back later' at the bottom. This means you can save your progress and return to the consultation at any time before it closes. If you don't use this feature and leave the consultation midway through, your response will be lost.

Once you have submitted your response, you can enter your email address to get a pdf copy of your answers sent to you.

On the 'About You' page at the end of this consultation, organisations will have the opportunity to tell us more about their work and/or how their response was informed.

After the consultation has closed there will be a few months delay before any responses are published. This is because we must check any responses to be published abide by our Terms of Use.

A analysis report will usually be published some months after the consultation has closed. This report will summarise the findings based on all responses submitted. It will be published on the Scottish Government website and you may be notified about it if you choose to share your email address with us. You can also join our consulation mailing list where we regularly list newly published analysis reports (as well as new consultations).


Why your views matter

Disclosure Scotland has not fully reviewed how we approach to fee discounting since the PVG Scheme was introduced in 2011. We need your views on how proposals on discounted PVG Scheme disclosures might impact you, your organisation or the people you work with. This will allow us to develop our proposals and assess what next steps can be taken.

The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 also changes the approach to registration for some organisations recieving disclosures. If your organisation recieves disclosures or intends to in the future, we want to know what your views are on the proposed fee structure. 

What happens next

This consultation is now closed.

All responses are currently being analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us assess the policy options and complete final impact assessments. An analysis report will be made available.

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public.


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