$100 Fee For Charity Security Vetting Waived

August 9, 2015

Premier Michael Dunkley announced that local charities will no longer be required to pay for security vetting by the Bermuda Police Service for background checks on their volunteers.

“Charities had expressed concerns about the impact on their operations of a possible $100 fee for criminal background checks on every one of their volunteers,” the Government said.

“Their concerns arose out of amendments to the Charities Act in 2014 that required charities to vet their volunteers and to higher government fees passed in 2011.

“A subsequent investigation by the Ministry of Legal Affairs, and further discussions with the BPS concluded that the fees could be waived.”

“This clears the air and I’m glad of it,” said Premier Dunkley. “There will be no charge for Police background checks on people who volunteer to work for charities.

“As a result, fees for the vetting of their volunteers will be waived.”

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  1. On behalf of countless others I thank you Premier Michael Dunkley for correcting this wrong: “Charities had expressed concerns about the impact on their operations of a possible $100 fee for criminal background checks on every one of their volunteers,” The Government said. “Their concerns arose out of amendments to the Charities Act in 2014 that required charities to vet their volunteers and to higher government fees passed in 2011.

  2. Jr Smith says:

    why impose it in the first place just to waive it off later? dialogue with the charities in the first place would’ve adverted all this. create the problem then offer the solution…

    • I agree, though, (if not mis-taken) this Act initially passed 2011 [Act in 2014 that required charities to vet their volunteers and to higher government fees passed in 2011.]

  3. Hmmm says:

    Govt didn’t introduce the fees.

  4. San George says:

    George Bush said it best – even a “C” student can be Premier(President).